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Exhibition of Internationally Acclaimed 1940s and 50s Fashion Photographer On Show at Somerset House

By Ruth Dunn on June 4th 2013

Somerset House is currently holding an exhibition featuring one of the most internationally sought-after portrait and fashion photographers from the 1940s and 1950s. The exhibition features Erwin Blumenfeld (1897–1969), a Berlin-born Dada artist turned fashion photographer, who was sought after and hired by America’s leading magazines, including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Blumenfield’s imaginative and highly individual shots caused quite a stir in the fashion world. After moving to New York in the 1940s, the talented photographer began his rise to prominence as one of the most prolific photographers to feature work on the covers of American Vogue.

blumenfeld© The Estate or Erwin Blumenfeld

‘Blumenfeld Studio:New York, 1941–1960’ focuses on the little-known history of Blumenfeld’s photography studio at 222 Central Park South in New York. Around 100 colour photographs and originals of Erwin Blumenfeld’s works in fashion magazines are on show, providing insights into this active, thriving, and key artistic phase in his life.

The exhibition runs from 23 May–1 September 2013. For more information click here.

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About

Ruth is a Brisbane based journalist specialising in articles about visual art, photography, design and fashion. Co-founder of Raw Ink magazine, she enjoys uncovering interesting and unique events, issues and people to write about.

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