Edward Steichen 1879-1973
Edward Jean Steichen (March 27, 1879 - March 25, 1973) was a Luxembourgish American photographer, painter, and curator, renowned as one of the most prolific and influential figures in the history of photography.
Steichen was credited with transforming photography into an art form. His photographs appeared in Alfred Stieglitz's groundbreaking magazine Camera Work more often than anyone else during its publication run from 1903 to 1917. Stieglitz hailed him as "the greatest photographer that ever lived".
As a pioneer of fashion photography, Steichen's gown images for the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 were the first modern fashion photographs to be published. From 1923 to 1938, Steichen served as chief photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair, while also working for many advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson. During these years, Steichen was regarded as the most popular and highest paid photographer in the world.
After the United States' entry into World War II, Steichen was invited by the United States Navy to serve as Director of the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit. In 1944, he directed the war documentary The Fighting Lady, which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
From 1947 to 1961, Steichen served as Director of the Department of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art. While there, he curated and assembled exhibits including The Family of Man, which was seen by nine million people. In 2003, the Family of Man photographic collection was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in recognition of its historical value.
Edward SteichenHeavy Roses, Voulangis, France, 1914Toned gelatin silver print17.8 x 22.2 cms
7 1/16 x 8 11/16 ins
Edward SteichenMrs. Condé Nast, 1907Direct Carbon Print26.3 x 19 cmsSold
10 5/16 x 7 7/16 ins
Edward SteichenPortrait of Naticia Nast, 1917Vintage Gelatin Silver Print29.2 x 24 cmsSold
11 7/16 x 9 7/16 ins
Paris Photo 2021.10 - 14 Nov 2021James Hyman Photography is delighted to return to Paris Photo. This year, we have divided our booth into three main sections. Chronologically, the first, entitled The Great Wall is a huge wall of walls that presents ninteneth century photographs of walls, from the ruins of ancient civilisations to modern day France. The second wall includes important Modernist works from the first half of the twentieth century including celebrated vintage images by Man Ray and Edward Steichen. The third part, In Sickness and in Health, explores issues around health and wellbeing...