Edward Steichen, ‘The Maypole’, 1931, Caviar20
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Edward Steichen

The Maypole, 1931

13 × 10 1/2 in
33 × 26.7 cm
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Is there a photographer more revered or more influential than Edward Steichen (1879-1973)?

He can …

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Signed by Joanna T. Steichen and George Tice on label verso. Printed 1981.
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.

Edward Steichen, ‘The Maypole’, 1931, Caviar20
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Is there a photographer more revered or more influential than Edward Steichen (1879-1973)?

He can be easily credited as the patriarch of the art form as he was both a creator and a curator.

Working with Alfred Stieglitz, they opened the first gallery devoted to photography - eventually called the 291 (after its New …

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Signed by Joanna T. Steichen and George Tice on label verso. Printed 1981.
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.

Edward Steichen

The Maypole, 1931

13 × 10 1/2 in
33 × 26.7 cm
Sold
Location
Toronto
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