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This retrospective of one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century opens to the public today. After fleeing occupied France in 1941 to settle in New York, the German-born photographer was immediately signed up by Harper’s Bazaar, collaborating with Carmel Snow and Diana Vreeland on the magazine’s fashion shoots. After only three years of working in the USA, he had become one of the most famous and highly paid photographers in the business, with the New York Times heralding him as an “outstanding leader in imaginative photography”. Highly inventive and often opposing conventional codes, Erwin Blumenfeld developed his own idiosyncratic style, using photomontage, solarisation, colour slides and a host of hybrid techniques. From the start of his career, he was very much influenced by the idea of photography as art, wishing to be respected as an avant-garde artist rather than a fashion photographer. The exhibition brings together over 300 works and documents from the late 1910s to the 1960s, and encompasses the various media explored by the artist throughout his career: drawings, photographs, montages and collages.
Until 26 Jan. 11am-7pm (9pm Tue). Closed Sun. 8.50€/ 5.50€
Jeu de Paume, 1 pl de la Concorde, 8th. M° Concorde.
Mode-Montage, c. 1950 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
“The Picasso Girl” variation, published in Life magazine, c. 1941-1942. © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
Do Your Part for the Red Cross, 1945 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld


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