Erwin Blumenfeld, Lydia Davis, Nigel Kennedy's Cultural Exchange

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With John Wilson.

Berlin-born photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) was one of the most internationally sought-after portrait and fashion photographers in the 1940s and 1950s. America's leading magazines, including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, hired him for his imaginative and highly individual shots. Erwin's grandson Remy and critic Joanna Pitman assess his legacy as a new exhibition Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941-1960 opens.

Lydia Davis won The Man Booker International Prize last night for a career which includes a novel, translations of Proust and Flaubert and a large repertoire of very short stories, some only one sentence long. She explains how momentary observations inspire her work, including something she spotted on the London Underground yesterday.

For Cultural Exchange, in which leading creative minds reflect on a favourite cultural experience,
violinist Nigel Kennedy selects Black and Blue, by Louis Armstrong.

John Constable's renowned landscape painting Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows has been bought for the nation at a price of £23.1m - a record figure for a work by Constable. Art reviewer William Feaver reflects on the painting's worth, and looks back at how it was received when first exhibited in 1831.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Thu 23 May 2013 19:15

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Erwin Blumenfeld, New York, Studio Color, 1961

copyright: The estate of Erwin Blumenfeld

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

John Constable
Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows,
exhibited 1831
oil on canvas
151.8 x 189.9 mm.
Purchased by Tate with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Manton Foundation the Art Fund and Tate Members in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, National Galleries of Scotland; and Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. 2013


Role Contributor
PresenterJohn Wilson
Interviewed GuestNigel Kennedy
Interviewed GuestLydia Davis
Interviewed GuestNigel Kennedy
Interviewed GuestWilliam Feaver
ProducerJerome Weatherald
EditorJohn Goudie

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