“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.