Edward Steichen, ‘Jack Sharkey, Prizefighter, New York’, 1932, Phillips

Signature: Titled, annotated 'Vanity Fair' and numbered in the negative in the margin; titled and numbered possibly in the artist's hand in pencil on the verso.

Vanity Fair, January 1933
Steichen, Steichen's Legacy: Photographs, 1895-1973, pl. 220

Collection of Joanna Steichen
Danziger Gallery, New York, 1998

About Edward Steichen

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.

American, 1879-1973, Bivange, Luxembourg