From Dada to Vogue brings together a collection of rare works from Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969), one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. From the beginning of his career in the early 1920s, Blumenfeld presented himself as an avant-garde artist. He began experimenting with photography in the early 1930s, and was the self-proclaimed head of the Dutch Dada movement. Looking to André Kertész for inspiration, he pushed the boundaries of the medium—employing double exposure, photomontage, and a host of original techniques. His images drew the attention of English photographer Cecil Beaton, and Blumenfeld soon became known for his experimental fashion photography; his images for Vogue remain some of the magazine’s most iconic.
From Dada to Vogue