Photo Study – Erwin Blumenfeld – Lisa Fonssagrives

Preston, England
October 8, 2016 8:01am CST
A breath-taking 1939 black and white fashion photography classic shot. The model, Lisa Fonssagrives, balances very precariously on a horizontal girder high up the outside of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, with other buildings looking like toys far below. She holds an upright support with one hand and the hem of her very long billowing striped dress in the other so it spreads out like butterfly wings. It looks like the slightest breeze will sweep her off her beam. She stands like a ballet dancer on a tightrope. This was a period when fashion photography was moving out of the studios to wild, exotic and as in this case, dangerous locations. Blumenfeld, who was Jewish, escaped from a concentration camp and fled to New York to resume his career in 1941. Fonssagrives was a dancer and among the highest paid and recognizable models of her day – in effect a forerunner to modern day supermodels. She migrated to the US before the German occupation of France. The photo online Arthur Chappell
Iconic images from the man who multiplied Audrey and gave us The Doe Eye
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Oct 16
That really is an amazing photo. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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@JohnRoberts (60295)
• Los Angeles, California
8 Oct 16
The Swedish Fonssagrives was married to famed photographer Irving Penn.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Oct 16
What a great photo. My fear of heights went off just looking at it!
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• Preston, England
8 Oct 16
A very brave model
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@Hari101 (1132)
• Chennai, India
17 Dec 16
The photo looks really awesome and how gracefully she stands. Amazing. Thanks for sharing this here :)
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
17 Oct 16
beautiful but freaky, I dont like heights
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@RasmaSandra (18418)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
8 Oct 16
Thanks for sharing. This was interesting. Great photography.
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@jennyjoy (1966)
• Bangalore, India
8 Oct 16
She looks like an exotic butterfly.
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@Corbin5 (109784)
• United States
8 Oct 16
Wow! That is a marvelous piece of photography. She really does look beautiful in that photo.
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