Helen Adkins is an independent art historian born 1960 in Watford and living in Berlin since 1986. Raised in Paris, she became friends with Nadia Blumenfeld (Erwin Blumenfeld’s granddaughter) in 1970. She received an MA in art history in 1985, and a PhD in 2008. She wrote her dissertation on the montages of Erwin Blumenfeld (Hatje Cantz). She lectures at the University of the Arts in Braunschweig and is currently working on the catalogue raisonné of the photograms of Christian Schad.
Art and fashion: the legacy of Erwin Blumenfeld
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.