Erwin Blumenfeld is perhaps one of the 20th century’s most iconic, but curiously enigmatic photographers. His work with Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue during the 1960’s gave rise to some of the most visionary covers and editorial photography that have ever been committed to print, yet his life and legacy have gone largely unremarked amid the pantheon of his more well known contemporaries. However, after a painstaking process of piecing together his archive photography, neglected negatives and forgotten roles of film, Blumenfeld’s visionary images look set to be cemented as true icons of photographic innovation thanks to a new series of global exhibitions celebrating his work. The London leg, in residence at Somerset House until 1st September, centres on the Blumenfeld studio in New York from 1941 to 1960- the Central Park South space where he worked extensively on his fashion portfolio, and where he captured some of the most recognised faces in the world on film.
After watching BBC Four’s documentary on Blumenfeld earlier in the week, a lot of us here at Aesthetic HQ are really excited to pop along to the exhibition to see some of his groundbreaking images firsthand. It’s testament to Blumenfeld’s creative vision that his work feels extremely modern and yet somehow timeless, and his aesthetic approach is without a doubt something which continues to influence fashion, photography and art today. Definitely one to catch if you’re in London.
Blumenfeld Studio: New York 1941-1960 runs at Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA from 23rd May- 1st September 2013. Admission free.
Sarah Farrell is a fashion and lifestyle blogger at My Sentimental Heart. A regular contributor to Aesthetic Magazine, Sarah’s main interests lie in baking and style. Sarah is also the Features Editor of Aesthetic Online. She Tweets @sarah_sentiment.