The Eiffel Tower by Erwin Blumenfeld (1939)

May 1939, French Vogue.

This iconic fashion shot captures a joie de vivre that Paris in 1939 might not have truly felt. Or Blumenfeld, either, given that he was a German Jew who had left Germany in 1936 to come to Paris, away from Hitler’s growing persecution of the Jews. Unfortunately, in 1940 he was interned in a concentration camp; in 1941 he was allowed to leave, and he came at that time to America, where he lived for the rest of his life.

He was a pioneer in fashion photography. The website from a recent exhibition gives more information.

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