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.