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Essence of Patchett by Blumenfeld

Hello, Erwin Blumenfeld! You’ve an interesting body of work.  I understand you’re a Dadaist collagist–turned-photographer and photo-montagist. You can paint, write and draw, too.

The  New York Times  said you immigrated to New York by way of Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris, with a detour in several French internment camps. It also said you were a highly sought-after fashion photographer.

Your photograph in profile for the Jan. 1, 1950 cover of Vogue captured the allure of the glamorous 1950s – fashion model Jean Patchett’s “immaculate red mouth, penciled left eye and natural beauty mark became shorthand for an entire decade.”  

Erwin Blumenfeld, Hitler, 1933

NYT Style Magazine:  Extra Credit — Erwin Blumenfeld  is a great introduction to your body of work and I’m adding its link to your story as written (sort of) by me.The Weimer blog said you were  imprisoned in various French camps out the outbreak  of World War II, but were able to flee to America in 1942 – 

His reminiscences about his brutal internment would later unleash some of his most hilarious rhetoric, not only at Hitler (the “idol of lavatory manufacturers”) but also at the French collaborators.

Your 1933 photo-montage of  Adolph Hitler was exhibited in Paris in 1937 but had to be withdrawn because the German Ambassador was so incensed by it. The Germans got to see it anyway. The U.S. Air Force dropped millions of copies of this photograph over German cities in 1943

Jean Patchett (original photo for Jan. 1950 Vogue cover) Erwin Blumenfeld


“Hitler With Bleeding Eyes and Mouth,” ca. 1953. Blumenfeld

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