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Edward Steichen

American, 1879–1973

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Edward Steichen

American, 1879–1973

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Though he is immortalized as one of the greatest photographers of his time, it was Edward Steichen's early roots as a painter that allowed him to so drastically influence the photographic medium. “The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself,” he theorized. Steichen’s attempt and ultimate success to gain recognition for photography as an art form, alongside his contemporary and Photo-Secession cofounder Alfred Stieglitz, employed a Pictorialist approach distinguished by dreamlike, soft-focused images that reflected the accepted style and principles of other art forms. A later stint as an aerial photographer during WWI led Steichen to adopt a Modernist vision—he would turn to straightforward, clean lines in his work thereafter, moving on to work in commercial photography and become an acclaimed pioneer of fashion photography.

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Biography

Though he is immortalized as one of the greatest photographers of his time, it was Edward Steichen's early roots as a painter that allowed him to so drastically influence the photographic medium. “The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself,” he theorized. Steichen’s attempt and ultimate success to gain recognition for photography as an art form, alongside his contemporary and Photo-Secession cofounder Alfred Stieglitz, employed a Pictorialist approach distinguished by dreamlike, soft-focused images that reflected the accepted style and principles of other art forms. A later stint as an aerial photographer during WWI led Steichen to adopt a Modernist vision—he would turn to straightforward, clean lines in his work thereafter, moving on to work in commercial photography and become an acclaimed pioneer of fashion photography.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Edward Steichen
Articles Featuring Edward Steichen
The Photograph That Launched Edward Steichen’s Career
Jul 19th, 2018
The Photograph That Launched Edward Steichen’s Career
Food Photography Didn’t Start on Instagram—Here’s Its 170-Year History
Jul 17th, 2017
Food Photography Didn’t Start on Instagram—Here’s Its 170-Year History
A Show of Self-Portraits in an Age of Selfies at Ricco/Maresca Gallery
Oct 2nd, 2015
A Show of Self-Portraits in an Age of Selfies at Ricco/Maresca Gallery
A Glimpse at Hand-Printed Photography in the Digital Age
Jun 9th, 2015
A Glimpse at Hand-Printed Photography in the Digital Age
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