Saturday, 27 July 2013

Blumenfeld Studio...

Anyone who has an interest in fashion photography will know who Erwin Blumenfeld is. He created the beautiful stills of Grace Kelly posing inside a picture frame or the characteristic red lips blowing smoke. What many people don't know is that he already was a great artist before entering the world of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. His work was very intimate and avant-garde. He played with shadows, distortion, colour... and still managed to instill some of these techniques later into his fashion photography. The exhibition Blumenfeld Studio: New York 1941-1960 presents a range of his work including his most famous Vogue covers, advertising campaigns but also work he did outside the fashion world which reflects his truer nature as an artist. 

Berlin-born photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) was one of the most internationally sought-after portrait and fashion photographers in the 1940s and 1950s. America's leading magazines, including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar hired him for imaginative and highly individual shots. The show focuses on the little-known history of his photography studio at 222 Central Park South in New York. Around 100 colour photographs and originals of Erwin Blumenfeld's works in fashion magazines provide insights into this key artistic phase in his life.


Blumenfeld Studio is on at the Somerset House East Wing until 1st of September

Monday, 8 July 2013

Snapshots. Summer Fancies ...


Butterfly Ring: Adolfo Dominguez
Glasses: Loewe
 Espadrilles: Zara

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

In Memoriam: Esther Williams...

Before synchronized swimming became immensely popular (at least now in Spain), girls, teenagers and women in general dreamed of being swimming pool sirens like Esther Williams. One of the biggest starts of the Metro-Godwyn-Mayer during its golden years, she starred in some unforgettable films like Neptune's Daughter, Bathing Beauty and Million Dollar Mermaid. But before being discovered by a scout when she was working on a department store, she spent her teenage years training as a professional althlete, winning three National Championships and ready to go to the 1940 Olympics, before they were cancelled due to WWII. Not long afterwards she was the favourite "pin up" girl of the American Soldiers.

As Terence Moix describes her, "In our memories, Esther personifies like no other that endearing image of dreams mixed with ingenuity and kitch. Her head peeping out between lotus and water lilies,her lamé swimming costumes, her eternal smile, inalterable even underwater, became a living commercial of a happiness that could only come true at the local cinema".
Since some years ago, Williams had been on a wheelchair but still swam on a solar-heated swimming pool and enjoyed her true love:  water.

So long, America's Mermaid