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.
Published May 1, 1945
For the May 1, 1945, cover of Vogue magazine, photographer Erwin Blumenfeld simplified the details of a model's face. The vintage fashion cover depicts only the model's features, shadowed beneath a visor's teal shade, and her magenta pink lips. Blumenfeld uses the same reductive technique in his famous January 1, 1950 cover of Vogue, showing model Jean Patchett's eye and lips.