Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) was a German born American photographer who worked primarily in the world of Fashion. Undoubtedly one of the most influential fashion photographers of the early 20th century, Blumenfeld’s work helped to bring about a new level of creative artistry to the photographic medium.
Despite no formal connections to surrealism, heavy influences from the movement are readily apparent in the majority of Blumenfeld’s work (which is unsurprising, given the movement’s popularity during the time). Unfortunately, while most people are familiar with the surrealist art work and photography of Man Ray, Blumenfeld’s name is not nearly as well known; despite both of them working during basically the same time period.
While looking at Blumenfeld’s work, keep in mind that his images are generally separated into two groups: his personal work, which was primarily done in black and white, and his commercial work which was primarily done in color.