Erwin Blumenfeld

Erwin Blumenfeld was an American photographer of German origin. He was born in Berlin, and in 1941 emigrated to the United States, where he soon became a successful and well-paid fashion photographer, working as a free-lancer for Harper’s Bazaar, Life and American Vogue. His personal photographic work showed the influence of Dadaism and Surrealism; his…

Alice Prin

Better known as Kiki de Montparnasse (or the Queen of Montparnasse) but born as Alice Ernestine Prin (1901 – 29 1953). She was a French artist’s model, literary muse, nightclub singer, actress, memoirist, and painter. She flourished in, and helped define, the liberated culture of Paris in the 1920s. Without knowing it I already have…

Alexander Grinberg

Alexander Grinberg (1885–1979) was a Russian and Soviet photographer. He was a respected Russian photographer in the 20st century. He experienced the Russian Revolution, Civil War, two wars and the Stalinist repression. He developed a strong interest in photography from a very young age, taking his firt photograph at the age of 10. When he…

Hereus de Joan Vilatobá

Joan Vilatobà i Fígols (1878 – 1954) was a Spanish photographer who boosted the pictorialism style in Catalonia. He was also a painter and a teacher. Joan was born in an educated family, in 1898 he made a trip to France and Germany and lived in Toulouse and Paris. On his return in 1891 he…

Julian Mandel

1872 – 1935 Julian Mandel was the pseudonym of Lucien Waléry, a well known photographer of the same period. It can be confusing that there were two other photographers using the name Walery as well: Count Stanislaw Julian Ostrorog (1830-1890 and his son son Stanislaw Julian Ignacy, Count Ostrorog (1863-1935). Lucien Waléry stands out in the…

Miss Fernande (1893 – 1960)

1893 – 1960 Fernande Barrey about 1908 left her native Picardy to Paris, where she began to make a living as a prostitute. She then became the model for many painters and photographers, including Jean Agélou, Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine, who persuaded her to study painting and art history at the School of Fine…

John de Mirjian

John de Mirjian was a well known photographer, despite his very short career (six years) he managed to photograph many leading Broadway entertainers, as well as many showgirls. He became more famous however due to a lawsuit Louise Brooks started, accusing him of preventing publication of her .semi-nude images His life ended by a car…

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986)

1887 – 1986 O’Keeffe was the second of seven children and the first daughter. She attended Town Hall School in Sun Prairie. By age ten she had decided to become an artist,and she and her sister received art instruction from local watercolorist Sara Mann. O’Keeffe studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago…

Alfred Stieglitz

Stieglitz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1881 Alfred’s father sold his companyand moved his family to Europe for the next several years. The most important reason was that he believed his son could get a better education in Germany. Alfred Stieglitz enrolled in the Realgymnasium (middle school) in Karlsruhe. His parents, along with…

Marcel Meys

Already in 1914, and during the twenties and thirties, Marcel Meys (1886 – 1972) was presenting particular his work with nudes. There is one bondage serie with a brunette, posing nude with ropes in nature. There is not much to find about this photographer. He was a photographic correspondent for the French Newspaper L’Illustration where he…

Juan Chrisostomo Mendez

Juan Crisostomo Mendez (1885-1962) was born in the City of Puebla in 1885. He went to Saint Bernardine, a catholic institution. He entered the School of Arts and Crafts where he studied drawing, sketching and where he first developed a passion for architectural art. In 1900, at the age of fifteen, Juan Mendez became an…