Edward Steichen: In High Fashion: The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937 by William A. EwingEdward Steichen was already a famous painter and photographer in America and abroad when, in early 1923, he was offered the most prestigious position in photographys commercial domain: that of chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair.Over the next fifteen years, Steichen would produce a body of work of unequaled brilliance, dramatizing and glamorizing contemporary culture and its achievers in politics, literature, film, sport, dance, theater, opera, and the world of high fashion. Here are iconic images of Gloria Swanson, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, and Charlie Chaplin as well as numerous other celebrities drawn from an archive of more than two thousand original prints. Until now, no more than a handful have been exhibited or published in book form. The photographs of the 1920s and 1930s represent the high point in Steichens career and are among the most striking creations of twentieth-century photography.
Edward Steichen: In Vogue
For the photographers who followed him, Edward Steichen left a creative wake of Mozartean dimensions. There was not much that he didn't do, and do extraordinarily well. Landscapes, architecture, theater and dance, war photography—all appear in his portfolio. Born in in Luxembourg, Steichen came with his family to the United States in and started in photography at age 16, when the medium itself was still young. In , a critic reviewing some of his portraits wrote admiringly that Steichen "is not satisfied showing us how a person looks, but how he thinks a person should look. Though Steichen didn't invent fashion photography, an argument can be made that he created the template for the modern fashion photographer.
A painter by training, Edward Steichen changed fashion photography forever
Steichen's approach to fashion photography was formative and over the course of his career he changed public perceptions of the American woman. An architect of American Modernism and a Pictorialist, Steichen exhibited his fashion images alongside his art photographs. Some of the images in the exhibition are well-known, iconic images in various histories of photography. Never before, however, have more than a modest selection of these prints been exhibited or published. The book's authors are William A. Join our mailing list. ICP Updates.
Gelatin silver print. He immortalized leading writers, artists, actors,dancers and politicians in striking portraits. Fashion photography was revolutionized when he began depicting the creations of all the great designers of the age, including Poiret, Chanel, Lelong, Lanvin, Patou and Schiaparelli. This exhibition showcases more than photographs by one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. William A. How was it that a photographer who was down on his luck and living on an isolated farm in the French countryside, a photographer who had shown no experience photographing fashion, was given the plum job of chief photographer for the highly influential Vogue?
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