Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923-37

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923-37

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by Todd Brandow, William A. Ewing
     
 
The most extensive collection of Steichen's legendary Vogue and Vanity Fair work ever brought to the public.
Edward Steichen was already a famous painter and photographer in America and abroad when, in early 1923, he was offered the most prestigious position in photography's commercial domain: that of chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair.Over the next

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The most extensive collection of Steichen's legendary Vogue and Vanity Fair work ever brought to the public.
Edward Steichen was already a famous painter and photographer in America and abroad when, in early 1923, he was offered the most prestigious position in photography's 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 Steichen's career and are among the most striking creations of twentieth-century photography.

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Photographer Edward Steichen is often noted for his early pictorialist pictures, which have a mysterious, painterly feel. He was also an important portrait photographer throughout his career and during the 1920s and 1930s completed a span of celebrity work for Vogue and Vanity Fair that is featured here. His subjects included Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo, H.G. Wells, Gary Cooper, and many other popular figures. Ewing and Brandow-also the authors of Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography, the best available overview of Steichen's work-and three contributing essayists are all curators at major museums. Their excellent essays focus on the idea that Steichen's modernist approach brought fashion photography to a new level. This companion volume, the result of research for Lives in Photography, which uncovered a little-known archive of Steichen's fashion photography at Condé Nast Publications in New York, includes 242 well-chosen examples of the collection of more than 2000 prints. Highly recommended, along with Lives in Photography, for academic and larger public libraries.
—Eric Linderman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393066777
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,020,608
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 12.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Todd Brandow is the founding director of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in Paris.

William A. Ewing was Director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne from 1996 to 2010. His many publications on photography include The Body, Face: The New Photographic Portraitand Arnold Newman: Masterclass.

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