It makes think I’m going to enter some fiendish laboratory where the only thing likely to emerge is some kind of Frankenstein’s monster.
Erwin Blumenfeld reminds me there are ways of experimenting that are playful and super stylish.
His work varies between Man Ray-like surrealism to fashion work that is some of the most innovative outside of Irving Penn.
Cecil Beaton was an early admirer and even helped him secure work with French Vogue.
Many of the ideas behind his images have been ‘appropriated’ by other photographers over the decades. None however can match his unique and peerless vision.