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Edward Steichen

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Edward Steichen's Biography

Edward J. Steichen (March 27, 1879 – March 25, 1973) was an American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. He was the most frequently featured photographer in Alfred Stieglitz' groundbreaking magazine Camera Work during its run from 1903 to 1917. Steichen also contributed the logo design and a custom typeface to the magazine. In partnership with Stieglitz, Steichen opened the "Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession", which was eventually known as 291, after its address. This gallery presented among the first American exhibitions of (among others) Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Constantin Brâncuşi. Steichen's photos of gowns designed by couturier Paul Poiret in the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 are regarded as the first modern fashion photographs ever published. Serving in the US Army in World War I (and the US Navy in the Second World War), he commanded significant units contributing to military photography. He was a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair from 1923–1938, and concurrently worked for many advertising agencies including J. Walter Thompson. During these years Steichen was regarded as the best known and highest paid photographer in the world. Steichen directed the war documentary The Fighting Lady, which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary. After World War II he was Director of the Department of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art until 1962. While at MoMA, in 1955 he curated and assembled the exhibit The Family of Man. The exhibit eventually traveled to sixty-nine countries, was seen by nine million people, and sold two and a half million copies of a companion book. In 1962, Steichen hired John Szarkowski to be his successor at the Museum of Modern Art.

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  • If You're in the Market for a Vintage Vanity Fair Print, Here's Your Chance

      News Source: Vanity Fair | 1 month ago
    Available on Gilt today only, Punch Hutton , deputy editor and Fanfair taste-maker, selects the best of vintage Vanity Fair prints for a special sale. With more than 100 photographs and illustrations from the 1920s and 1930s to choose from, Hutton
  • The Story of Clare Boothe Brokaw

      News Source: Vanity Fair | 1 month ago
    Beautiful, talented, and breathtakingly ambitious, divorcee Clare Boothe Brokaw climbed swiftly from writing captions at Vogue to become the managing editor of Conde Nast's literary jewel, Vanity Fair , and author of the biting comedy The Women. In a
  • The Life of Clare Boothe Luce

      News Source: Vanity Fair | 2 months ago
    From Vanity Fair editor to the wife of Mr. Time-Life himself, Clare Boothe Luce was the original power-tripper. She understudied Mary Pickford, wrote The Women in three days, became a congresswoman and then ambassador to Italy. But she was never one

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  • ArtBeat: What To See - Nippertown!

      Blog Source: www.nippertown.com | 3 months ago
    The American triumvirate of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand are represented along with other key figures in pictorialist photography from both sides of the Atlantic, including Clarence White, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon ...
  • Time Capsule 1973: Collier's Encyclopedia Yearbook « ...

      Blog Source: www.nearbycafe.com | 3 months ago
    Death was the thematic thread unifying the three major events in the photographic world this past year: the demise of Edward Steichen, the folding of LIFE magazine, and the presentation of a major retrospective exhibit and monograph on the ...
  • Free Love and Independent Thinking – Digital Insider

      Blog Source: diginsider.com | 3 months ago
    Photographer Alfred Stieglitz is beginning to demonstrate the value of a new visual art form, teams with with Edward Steichen, and together, they create a magazine called Camera Work. Their sensibility was shared by two painters from the ...

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