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Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition
Closes 23 February ’The Godfather of Modern Fashion Photography – Gotham
From 1923 to 1937, Edward Steichen (1879–1973) was the chief photographer for Condé Nast, and it was at this time that he established the archetype for glamour and style in magazine photography. Renowned for his shots of celebrities, ad campaigns, and objects in nature, Steichen is known today as one of the most important American photographers. hw was once the world’s highest-paid photographer and is credited with founding modern fashion photography but his varied work also included military photography and advertising work. He won an Academy Award for directing a wartime documentary film, The Fighting Lady (1944).
Thanks to the generous gift of Richard and Jackie Hollander, newly acquired masterpieces such as Marlene Dietrich (for Vanity Fair), Advertisement for Coty Lipstick, Foxgloves, and Self-Portrait with Photographer’s Paraphernalia are all on view in the Whitney Museum’s Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Gallery. W Magazine described the show that highlights Steichen’s important legacy as ‘an exhibition of the master’s still lifes, portraiture, advertising, and fashion work during this era . . . [that] is a reminder of the master’s unfailing eye’.
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