Fashion, fine art … and Hitler: the turbulent career of Erwin Blumenfeld – in pictures | Art and design

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As soon as he arrived in Paris in 1936, Blumenfeld began experimenting prolifically. He employed accessories – veils, opaque glass, mirrors – and sophisticated lighting, then reworked his images in the darkroom. Influenced by the compositional techniques of the New Vision movement, he experimented with solarisations, reticulations, superimpositions, optical and mirror effects and contrasts of light and dark to create a personal formal grammar in which female beauty and the nude has pride of place

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