About Edward Steichen
Born in Luxembourg in 1879, Steichen immigrated to America as a baby and by the turn of the century, he had gained a reputation for his work in photography. Early in his career, Steichen was closely associated with a soft-focus style of photography called pictorialism. Gradually, however, Steichen abandoned this style in favor of straight photography, articulating a stronger sense of design and clean, uncluttered images and compositions. Steichen's early career was dedicated to promoting new art movements. He advocated photography as a form European Modernism, maintaining that it was capable of interpretation and expression. During the interwar period, Steichen worked for Conde Nast publications, including Vogue and Vanity Fair, gaining fame for his penetrating, straight-forward portraits of celebrities. After WWII, Steichen became the director of the Department of Photgraphy at the MoMA in New York, where he worked until 1962.