Autobiography

“All my portraits are reflections caught in my eye. Every artist lives from variations on a single theme. Whether he writes by hand on paper or with his foot in the sand, the signature remains the same.”

The life of Erwin Blumenfeld, one of the century’s best-known photographers, was by no means conventional. By turns acerbic, self-mocking, playful, even absurd, his autobiography is a compelling, virtuoso account of an extraordinary man. All his subjects – his Jewish family, the Germans, the Vichy French, his models, the New York fashion scene – are dealt equal measures of wit, mockery, and merciless irony. He spares himself least of all. From the creator of some of the most striking and influential photographs ever taken, Blumenfeld’s autobiography is a biting and iconoclastic take on the century, and the insightful, gripping story of an exceptional life.

Jadis et Daguerre

translation

Françoise Toraille

Les Editions Textuel, 2013
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Durch Tausendjärige Zeit

Zürich, Ex Libris (Lizenz: Huber), 1978.
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Durch Tausendjärige Zeit.

Frauenfeld (Switzerland) 

Huber Verlag, 1976

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Eye to I

Translated by M. Mitchell and B. Murdoch.

London and New York : Thames and Hudson and Harry Abrams, 1999.

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Einbildungsroman

Frankfurt am Main : Eichborn Verlag,

« Die Andere Bibliothek »

1998.
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Jadis et Daguerre

Translated by Chantal Chadenson.

Foreword by David Rousset.

Paris : Robert Laffont, 1975
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Durch tausendjährige Zeit : Erinnerungen

Foreword by

Alfred Andersch

München : Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag,1980

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Spiegelbeeld

Translated by Huib van Krimpen. Amsterdam, De Harmonie, 1980.
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© 2018 The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld | All copyright to Blumenfeld’s images is shared between Blumenfeld’s two surviving children, Henry and Yorick Blumenfeld and his grand-daughter, Yvette Georges Deeton.