Published August 15, 1951
Erwin Blumenfeld's black and white photograph of an all-white pigeon, taken from behind, gives the impression that the tail feathers are a full, flared skirt, revealing the legs. The vintage image appeared in the August 15, 1951, Vogue.
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German fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) combined beauty and surrealism in his work. His distinctive photographs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s pioneered a new genre of fashion art that was both glamorous and thought-provoking. The distinctive covers that Blumenfeld created for French and American Vogue between 1945 and 1955 made him one of the most famous commercial photographers of that period.