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Edward Steichen. Auguste Rodin et la sculpture d’Eve. 1907.

Edward Steichen. Portrait of Charlotte Spaulding. 1908.

Edward Steichen. Portrait of Mary Steichen with Set of Russian Nesting Dolls. c. 1910.

Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was an American photographer, born in Luxemburg. Trained as a painter of fine arts in the early twentieth century came to photography by embracing the pictorialist movement which aimed to raise the level of this technique and other visual arts which would become one of the most important exponents. In 1905, along with Alfred Stieglitz, he founded and led the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, a modern art gallery located in New York which favored the spread of the new style of photography, this gallery presented among the first American exhibitions of Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Constantin Brâncuşi. Serving in the US Army in World War I, he commanded significant units contributing to military photography. Steichen  was also a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair from 1923 to 1938. After World War II he was Director of the Department of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art until 1962. While at MoMA, in 1955 he curated and assembled the exhibit The Family of Man. In 1962, Steichen hired John Szarkowski to be his successor at the Museum of Modern Art.

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