Francis Hodgson is Professor in the Culture of Photography at the University of Brighton, the photography critic of The FT and one of the founders of the Prix Pictet. He is a former head of the photographs department at Sotheby’s and an art adviser specialising in fine photographs.
The impact that the legendary German-born photographer had on the fashion world is felt to this day but Erwin Blumenfeld’s range as an artist went well beyond his groundbreaking Vogue covers. Yorick Blumenfeld, Erwin Blumenfeld’s son, and art historian and Blumenfeld expert Helen Adkins explore the turbulent life and influential career of one of the most iconic – and enigmatic – photographers of the 20th century. See also screening of The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women.
Until now, little attention has been paid to the pioneering role of Jews in all facets of British photography, from the mid-19th century to the Queen’s controversial 2007 photo-shoot with Annie Leibovitz. Professor Michael Berkowitzhas conducted the first-ever historical investigation of the vital contribution Jews have made to photography’s history. He discusses his findings with photography critic Francis Hodgson.