Partners: Thinking Violets for the BBC; distributed by TVF International
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Aired: May 2013 (BBC4)
Rights available: Worldwide excluding the UK
Erwin Blumenfeld captured some of the world’s most beautiful women with his camera, ranging from Audrey Hepburn to Grace Kelly, and carved out a reputation and a formidable salary as a top fashion photographer. Inspired by such innovators as Man Ray, Blumenfeld brought such techniques as solarization and multiple imagery to the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, to great acclaim. Yet he died in a bizarre, apparent suicide in Rome in 1969, leaving behind a treasure trove of unpublished work and scores of questions about what drove him to his end. This documentary brings the spotlight back upon one of fashion’s most innovative photographers and his iconic work.