#1 Erwin Blumenfeld, Untitled (1953)

by Allison H.


“In this portrait of model Dovima, he relies on his masterly control of lighting. The photograph was taken through a rippled glass pane. The bubbles in the glass appear as small dots on the photograph.”

When I saw this photograph I was drawn to it because of its painting-like quality and the color selection. The transition between blue and yellow in the background results in some shapes and lines of tiffany green which make the red on the woman really stand out, and also allow the viewers to follow the distorted contour of her body. The way this photograph appears reminds me so much of a fashion illustration. The distortion of her face and body makes it vivid, as if she was constantly moving in a subtle way, as if she was trying to hold her breath under water.