‘Studio Blumenfeld, New York 1941-1960’ exhibition- The future in photography lies in its past.


Erwin Blumenfeld is a prominent figure of modern photography having revolutionized the way fashion and photography  looks.In the lively atmosphere of a booming press, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Collier’s, Cosmopolitan, Life, Kaleidoscope, Photography  were only a few of the titles he worked for and produced his infamous fashion editorials and covers, revolutionizing the way fashion looks.


The years between 1941 and 1960 were the golden days of fashion and photography, a time when photographer Erwin Blumenfeld was experimenting on his art in a New York studio. Mostly inspired by Dadaism with a futuristic touch,his experimentation with color, filters, and frames while distorting the images in several ways,where to become its aesthetic legacy.Now The Cité de la Mode et du Design has brought out over six hundred of his pieces from their archives, including images and film, each with a unique mystery to unfold,even today.Showcasing a volume close to 200 works, thirty of which are previously unseen, this exhibition highlights the relationship Erwin Blumenfeld had with the beauty and fashion press like Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Life, and Cosmopolitan,along with his take on advertising.The viewer is actually called to follow and envision his constant experimentation road while him being loyal to  certain basic aesthetic rules that re-defined the very essence of ‘femininity’ in and via his work.

Personal archives from the photographer’s research of sartorial culture, his “100 Best” images, and props from famous shoots all support the limited edition app, which features exclusive narratives from curators Nadia Blumenfeld Charbit and François Cheval, the co-director of the Lianzhou Museum for Photography.


Studio Blumenfeld, New York 1941-1960, until 4 June 2017, Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design, 34 Quai d’Austerlitz 75013 Paris




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