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Erwin Blumenfeld : Chasing Dreams


“I’ve never had time for realities, I was always entangled in illusions”.        – Erwin Blumenfeld   Chaussee 36 presents an exhibition dedicated to Erwin Blumenfeld’s experimental approach to nude photography. One of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century,  Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) is most renowned for the work he produced after emigrating to New York in 1941 where he embraced a career as a fashion photographer. Yet he created a varied and extensive oeuvre, formulating drawings, collages, portraits and nudes during his time living in Europe – in his home city of Berlin, then Amsterdam and finally in Paris. The exhibition Chasing Dreams highlights Blumenfeld’s singularity which was structured upon two eternal chases: the drive to innovate and the desire of the feminine. Indeed, he was endlessly enchanted by the female form – in his professional career and, more diligently, in the personal realms of his dreamscape. Viewed through a purely technical focus Erwin Blumenfeld was a master of solarisation, multiple exposure, shadow and mirror-image. The influence of the Dadaists, Surrealists and Man Ray is evident in his...

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