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Erwin Blumenfeld

Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) was born in Berlin and moved to the Netherlands at the age of 21. Famous American photographer of German origins, he published a mocking collage about Hitler in 1930. He emigrated to Paris in 1936, but was then deported to a concentration camp in 1940 during the German occupation, because he was Jewish. During the later 40′s and 50′s he became famous for his artistic nudes and fashion photography, and worked for magazines such as Vogue and Harper Bazaar. In 1960 he started working on his autobiography which was only published after his death as it found no editor since it was considered to be too ironic towards society. During his career the German photographer experimented the different technical possibilities of photographies, moving from solarization to multiple exposures, from print toning to distorsion. The main topics of his work were women and death. Through his artistic light both of these subjects merge in every image, reminding us of the lure and mistery that bind them.