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, Pastoral Moonlight, 1907
Edward Steichen, Pastoral Moonlight, 1907
Edward Steichen, Lighters
Edward Steichen, Lighters
Edward Steichen, Late Afternoon, Venice, 1913
Edward Steichen, Late Afternoon, Venice, 1913
Edward Steichen, Nocturne, Orangerie Staircase, Versailles, 1913
Edward Steichen, Nocturne, Orangerie Staircase, Versailles, 1913
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, Balzac, Towards the Light, Midnight, 1911
Edward Steichen, Balzac, Towards the Light, Midnight, 1911
Edward Steichen, Model wearing sandals, 1934
Edward Steichen, Model wearing sandals, 1934
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, Road into the Valley - Moonrise, 1904
Edward Steichen, Road into the Valley - Moonrise, 1904
Edward Steichen,
Edward Steichen, "Bird in Space", Sculpture by Brancusi, 1926
Edward Steichen, Eva le Gallienne, 1923
Edward Steichen, Eva le Gallienne, 1923
Edward Steichen, Triumph of the Egg, 1921
Edward Steichen, Triumph of the Egg, 1921
Edward Steichen, Isadora Duncan, Columns of the Parthenon, 1921
Edward Steichen, Isadora Duncan, Columns of the Parthenon, 1921
Edward Steichen, George Washington Bridge, 1931
Edward Steichen, George Washington Bridge, 1931
Edward Steichen, Evening shoes
Edward Steichen, Evening shoes
Edward Steichen, Vogue, 1925
Edward Steichen, Vogue, 1925
Edward Steichen, Princess Nathalie Paley wearing sandals by Shoecraft, 1934
Edward Steichen, Princess Nathalie Paley wearing sandals by Shoecraft, 1934
Edward Steichen,
Edward Steichen, "Bird in Space" by Constantin Brancusi, 1926
Edward Steichen, Foxgloves, France, 1926
Edward Steichen, Foxgloves, France, 1926
Edward Steichen, George Washington Bridge, New York, 1931
Edward Steichen, George Washington Bridge, New York, 1931
Edward Steichen, Heavy Roses, 1914
Edward Steichen, Heavy Roses, 1914
Edward Steichen, Matches and Match Boxes, fabric design for Stehli Silks, 1926
Edward Steichen, Matches and Match Boxes, fabric design for Stehli Silks, 1926
Edward Steichen, Shoes, 1930
Edward Steichen, Shoes, 1930
Edward Steichen, The Pond, Moonlight, 1904
Edward Steichen, The Pond, Moonlight, 1904
Edward Steichen, The Spiral Shell, France, c. 1921
Edward Steichen, The Spiral Shell, France, c. 1921
Edward Steichen, Three Apples, France, 1921
Edward Steichen, Three Apples, France, 1921
Edward Steichen, Wheelbarrow with Flower Pots, France, 1920
Edward Steichen, Wheelbarrow with Flower Pots, France, 1920
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