Photography

Steichen, Edward (1879 - 1973)

Born in Luxembourg, Edward Steichen settles in the United States with his family in 1882 and, a talented painter inspired by Impressionism, begins to practice photography as a teenager. In the very late 1890s, he founds the Photo Secession group with Alfred Stieglitz as well as the Camera Work publication with which they become the heralds of the European avant-garde and of American modernism. Fascinated by French art, he travels across Europe from 1902 to 1908 and depicts Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Auguste Rodin and helps establish their popularity in the United States when he exhibits their portraits. Seduced by his pictorialist images, Condé Nast decides to name Edward Steichen as Vogue and Vanity Fair’s artistic director and, for 15 years, he helps establish modern fashion photography. He wanted Vogue to become the equivalent of the Louvre museum and to those who would blame his commercial activities, he would answer: ‘I don’t know of any art that is, has not and will not be commercial. After all, even Michelangelo liked to be payed for his work.’Having become the Naval Photographic Institute’s director during World War II for which he produces major exhibitions at the MOMA in order to celebrate the courage and triumph of Americans at war, he is named as the museums’ photographic department’s director, in 1947. Inspired by various art movements and eager to celebrate all photographic forms in an intense, graphic and sensual manner, Edward Steichen also organized numerous essential retrospectives at the MOMA including the legendary Family of Man, his grandiose patchwork of humanity that revealed an incredible range of young photographers.
 

Edward Steichen, Untitled, 1902
Edward Steichen, Untitled, 1902
Edward Setichen, Untitled, West Redding, Connecticut, 1904
Edward Setichen, Untitled, West Redding, Connecticut, 1904
Edward Steichen, Dolor, 1903
Edward Steichen, Dolor, 1903
Edward Steichen, Agnes Ernst Meyer, the Girl from The Sun, 1910
Edward Steichen, Agnes Ernst Meyer, the Girl from The Sun, 1910
Edward Steichen, Languid Repose, 1902
Edward Steichen, Languid Repose, 1902
Edward Steichen, Lupe Velez for Vanity Fair, June 1932
Edward Steichen, Lupe Velez for Vanity Fair, June 1932
Edward Steichen, Conrad Veidt No. 2 (double exposure with Lupe Vélez), Hollywood, August 1928
Edward Steichen, Conrad Veidt No. 2 (double exposure with Lupe Vélez), Hollywood, August 1928
Edward Steichen, Die Rose ( The Rose), 1901
Edward Steichen, Die Rose ( The Rose), 1901
Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson from Vanity Fair, 1925
Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson from Vanity Fair, 1925
Edward Steichen, Pastoral Moonlight, 1907
Edward Steichen, Pastoral Moonlight, 1907
Edward Steichen, Lighters
Edward Steichen, Lighters
Edward Steichen, Lupe Velez for Vanity Fair, July 1930
Edward Steichen, Lupe Velez for Vanity Fair, July 1930
Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson, 1924
Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson, 1924
Edward Steichen, Greta Garbo, Hollywood, 1938
Edward Steichen, Greta Garbo, Hollywood, 1938
Edward Steichen, Helen Menken (first wife of Humphrey Bogart) for Vanity Fair, January 1926
Edward Steichen, Helen Menken (first wife of Humphrey Bogart) for Vanity Fair, January 1926
Edward Steichen, Late Afternoon, Venice, 1913
Edward Steichen, Late Afternoon, Venice, 1913
Edward Steichen, Mary Astor, 1933
Edward Steichen, Mary Astor, 1933
Edward Steichen, Pierre Matisse, 1930
Edward Steichen, Pierre Matisse, 1930
Edward Steichen, Mrs. Alexander for Vogue, 1931
Edward Steichen, Mrs. Alexander for Vogue, 1931
Edward Steichen, Nocturne, Orangerie Staircase, Versailles, 1913
Edward Steichen, Nocturne, Orangerie Staircase, Versailles, 1913
Edward Steichen, Portrait, 1903
Edward Steichen, Portrait, 1903
Edward Steichen, Solitude, 1906
Edward Steichen, Solitude, 1906
Edward Steichen, Steeplechase Day, Paris, 1903
Edward Steichen, Steeplechase Day, Paris, 1903
Edward Steichen, The Flatiron, New York, 1905
Edward Steichen, The Flatiron, New York, 1905
Edward Steichen, The Pool, 1906
Edward Steichen, The Pool, 1906
Edward Steichen, Vitality, Yvette Guilbert, Paris, from Camera Work XLII/XLIII, 1913
Edward Steichen, Vitality, Yvette Guilbert, Paris, from Camera Work XLII/XLIII, 1913
Edward Steichen, Balzac, Towards the Light, Midnight, 1911
Edward Steichen, Balzac, Towards the Light, Midnight, 1911
Edward Steichen, Self-Portrait, 1901
Edward Steichen, Self-Portrait, 1901
Edward Steichen, Beachwear, 1925
Edward Steichen, Beachwear, 1925
Edward Steichen, Cover design, 1906
Edward Steichen, Cover design, 1906
Edward Steichen, Dana Steichen, 1910
Edward Steichen, Dana Steichen, 1910
Edward Steichen, Fay Wray in Ophelia, 1930
Edward Steichen, Fay Wray in Ophelia, 1930
Edward Steichen, Princess Yusupov, 1924
Edward Steichen, Princess Yusupov, 1924
Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, 1934
Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, 1934
Edward Steichen, Conde Nast, 1907
Edward Steichen, Conde Nast, 1907
Edward Steichen, Alla Nazimova, 1931
Edward Steichen, Alla Nazimova, 1931
Edward Steichen, Dorothy Smart for Vogue America, 1926
Edward Steichen, Dorothy Smart for Vogue America, 1926
Edward Steichen, Conrad Veidt for Vanity Fair, 1929
Edward Steichen, Conrad Veidt for Vanity Fair, 1929
Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson for Vanity Fair, 1924
Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson for Vanity Fair, 1924
Edward Steichen, Black, 1935
Edward Steichen, Black, 1935
Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, 1932
Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, 1932
Edward Steichen, Model wearing sandals, 1934
Edward Steichen, Model wearing sandals, 1934
Edward Steichen, Fashion shoot, 1931
Edward Steichen, Fashion shoot, 1931
Edward Steichen, Auguste Rodin, 1902
Edward Steichen, Auguste Rodin, 1902
Edward Steichen, Isadora Duncan, Columns of the Parthenon, 1921
Edward Steichen, Isadora Duncan, Columns of the Parthenon, 1921
Edward Steichen, Lee Miller wearing Jeanne Lanvin, 1928
Edward Steichen, Lee Miller wearing Jeanne Lanvin, 1928
Edward Steichen, La Cigale, 1906
Edward Steichen, La Cigale, 1906
Edward Steichen, Leslie Howard, 1932
Edward Steichen, Leslie Howard, 1932
Edward Steichen, Louise Brooks, 1928
Edward Steichen, Louise Brooks, 1928
Edward Steichen, Charlie Chaplin, 1931
Edward Steichen, Charlie Chaplin, 1931
Edward Steichen, Pola Negri for Vanity Fair, 1932
Edward Steichen, Pola Negri for Vanity Fair, 1932
Edward Steichen, Clara Bow for Vanity Fair, 1928
Edward Steichen, Clara Bow for Vanity Fair, 1928
Edward Steichen, Study at Night from Steichen's Studio at 40th st., New York, 1933
Edward Steichen, Study at Night from Steichen's Studio at 40th st., New York, 1933
Edward Steichen, Three Pears and Apple, c. 1921
Edward Steichen, Three Pears and Apple, c. 1921
Edward Steichen, Dolores del Rio for Vogue, 1929
Edward Steichen, Dolores del Rio for Vogue, 1929
Edward Steichen, Charlie Chaplin, 1926
Edward Steichen, Charlie Chaplin, 1926
Edward Steichen, Lee Miller, wearing Lucien Lelong silk dress, 1928
Edward Steichen, Lee Miller, wearing Lucien Lelong silk dress, 1928
Edward Steichen, Road into the Valley - Moonrise, 1904
Edward Steichen, Road into the Valley - Moonrise, 1904
Edward Steichen, Martha Graham, 1931
Edward Steichen, Martha Graham, 1931
Edward Steichen, Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lillian
Edward Steichen, Carl Sandburg and his wife, Lillian
Edward Steichen, Walt Disney, 1933
Edward Steichen, Walt Disney, 1933
Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, 1931
Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, 1931
Edward Steichen, The black vase, 1901
Edward Steichen, The black vase, 1901
Edward Steichen, Self-Portrait with Photographer's Paraphenalia, 1929
Edward Steichen, Self-Portrait with Photographer's Paraphenalia, 1929
Edward Steichen, Gertrude Lawrence, 1928
Edward Steichen, Gertrude Lawrence, 1928
Edward Steichen, Self-Portrait with Studio Camera, 1917
Edward Steichen, Self-Portrait with Studio Camera, 1917
Edward Steichen, The Brass Bowl, 1904
Edward Steichen, The Brass Bowl, 1904
Edward Steichen, Lillian Gish in the Green Hat, 1934
Edward Steichen, Lillian Gish in the Green Hat, 1934
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, wearing sequined dress by Cheruit, 1927
Edward Steichen, Marion Morehouse, wearing sequined dress by Cheruit, 1927
Edward Steichen, Paul Robeson, 1933
Edward Steichen, Paul Robeson, 1933
Edward Steichen, Claire Luce for Vanity Fair, 1928
Edward Steichen, Claire Luce for Vanity Fair, 1928
Edward Steichen, Joan Crawford, 1932
Edward Steichen, Joan Crawford, 1932
Edward Steichen, Mary Heberden, 1935
Edward Steichen, Mary Heberden, 1935
Edward Steichen, Carlotta Monterey, wearing a diamond head bandeau by Cartier, 1924
Edward Steichen, Carlotta Monterey, wearing a diamond head bandeau by Cartier, 1924
Edward Steichen, Mary Taylor, 1933
Edward Steichen, Mary Taylor, 1933
Edward Steichen, Joan Bennett, 1928
Edward Steichen, Joan Bennett, 1928
Edward Steichen, Dorothy Smart is wearing a black velvet hat by Madame Agnès, 1926
Edward Steichen, Dorothy Smart is wearing a black velvet hat by Madame Agnès, 1926
Edward Steichen, Katharine Hepburn, 1933
Edward Steichen, Katharine Hepburn, 1933
Edward Steichen, Merle Oberon, Vogue 1935
Edward Steichen, Merle Oberon, Vogue 1935
Edward Steichen, Adolphe Menjou, 1927
Edward Steichen, Adolphe Menjou, 1927
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