In the history of fashion photography, Erwin Blumenfeld was one of the highest-paid notables, working among contemporaries such as Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn and William Klein. But since his death in 1969, he has been largely forgotten. “Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941-1960” is an exhibition at Somerset House marking his long overdue return to the international spotlight. It features a selection of more than 100 of his color portraits, a fraction of the archives from his Central Park studio in New York. Whether a cover for American Vogue or the multiple, slow-exposure images of models for which he was known, each image draws the eye to his composition, and his technical virtuosity.
“Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941-1960”
Now through Sept. 1
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
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