Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) was a famous American photographer of German origin.
He was born in Berlin on 26 January 1897, moved to Holland late 1918, and started a professional career in photography in 1934.
He moved to France in 1936. From 1937 to 1939, he published in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. When the Second World War broke out, he was interned in French camps as an alien, but was eventually allowed to leave for New York in 1941 where he became a US citizen in 1946.
His more personal work is in black and white; his commercial work in fashion, much for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, is mostly in color. In both media he was a great innovator. In black and white he did all his work personally in the dark room. In color he drew on his extensive background in classical and modern painting. He married Lena Citroen in Holland in 1921 and had three children there: Lisette, Henry Alexander and Frank Yorick. He died in Rome on July 4th, 1969.
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