Edward Steichen, ‘Moonlight: The Pond’, 1904, Phillips

Signature: Signed and numbered in the negative.

Camera Work, Number 14, April 1906, p. 11
Brandow and Ewing, Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography, fig. 217
Smith, Edward Steichen: The Early Years, pl. 26
Greenough, Snyder, Travis and Westerbeck, On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography, pl. 172
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Lost Paradise: Symbolist Europe, pl. 167

Jean Efron Art Consultants, Washington, D.C.

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