'Phaidon's ground-breaking 55 series once again fulfils its self-set brief, by bringing us articulate and tempting introductions to the work of two photographers whose work is not very well-known in the UK.' Simon James, Royal Photographic Society Journal 'In a brave attempt to match Penguin's success in finding a new market for fiction in the 1930s, Phaidon have put together boxed sets with themes including 'Experimental', 'Masters', '5 Great Documentary Photographers', and of course 'Pioneers' ... Phaidon have come up with a great new concept for the photography book; and as a series of skilfully-produced, pocket-sized books [...] they do attempt to address key moments in photographic history and innovation.' PLUK (Photography in London and the UK) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Erwin Blumenfeld's long and prosperous relationship with photography started by accident. Originally from Berlin, Blumenfeld was an ambulance driver during World War II and later emigrated to Amsterdam to set up a leather goods business. The company folded and Blumenfeld was forced to take up photography to provide for himself. After immigrating once again in 1941 this time to New York City, Blumenfeld's career as a fashion photographer blossomed. Working primarily for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Blumenfeld's photographs were seen by millions. Blumenfeld's artistic heritage bears the marks of both his European heritage and the fresh start he made in America. This is most notable in his colour photography and photo collages which blend the garish Technicolor of the new-found prosperity of post-WW II New York City with the surrealist and Dadaist influences of his youth in Berlin. Michel Metayer is the director of the prestigious Toulouse School for Fine Art. Trained as a Germanist, Metayer has lectured widely on art and literature and has curated numerous exhibitions both in France and abroad, including two exhibitions on Blumenfeld in Prague and Fribourg, Switzerland.
A lot of illustrations, but book not only for watch, also for read.
I can compare with "Built By Hand". Read more
Love the photographs in this book and a glimpse into the work of this important photographer. I highly recommend this book.Published on January 21, 2013 by Jano Lynn Cohen