Published May 1, 1945
Though he began his photographic career with politically themed work, Erwin Blumenfeld broke fashion ground, particularly with his clean, iconic beauty portraits. His elegantly simple picture focuses the viewer's eye on the perfect fuchsia-hued lips of a flaxen-haired model wearing a sunshade. The image appeared in the May 1, 1945, 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.