Nadia Blumenfeld Charbit is a granddaughter of Erwin Blumenfeld. She was born on October 5, 1960 in New York to physicist Henry photographer Kathleen Blumenfeld, both of European origin. She grew up in Princeton NJ, Geneva and Gif sur Yvette. Nadia studied medicine in Paris and became a MD and PhD in biochemistry. She worked in research and outpatient care in hemoglobin disorders and taught at Paris XII University in biochemistry and in bioethics.
For the past 20 years, she has decreased her medical practice and increasingly involved herself in the conservation and archiving of her grandfather’s photographic legacy. She promoted publications and curated or co-curated exhibits at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photography, the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Nicéphore Niépce Museum in Chalon sur Saône, Somerset House in London, Foam in Amsterdam, The Folkwang Museum in Essen, Shanghai, Sao Paolo and very recently at the Paris Museum of Jewish Art and History (mahJ) titled “the Tribulations of Erwin Blumenfeld, 1930-1950” (October 2022 – March 2023).
Nadia is the vice president of Ar’cime, an organization that helps young artists working in France to show their work. She lives in Paris, France, with husband Jean-Louis Charbit and their 3 children; Milena, Gabriel and Joachim.