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Edward Jean Steichen

Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Bivange, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Death: March 25, 1973 (93)
Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean-Pierre Steichen and Marie Steichen
Husband of Joanna Steichen and Dana Desboro Steichen
Ex-husband of Clara Steichen
Father of Mary Calderone and Katherine Steichen
Brother of Lillian "Paula" Sandburg

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About Edward Steichen

Edward Jean Steichen (March 27, 1879 – March 25, 1973) was an American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator.

Steichen was the most frequently featured photographer in Alfred Stieglitz' groundbreaking magazine Camera Work during its run from 1903 to 1917. Together Stieglitz and Steichen opened the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which eventually became known as 291 after its address.

His photos of gowns for the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 are regarded as the first modern fashion photographs ever published. From 1923 to 1938, Steichen was a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair while also working for many advertising agencies including J. Walter Thompson. During these years, Steichen was regarded as the best known and highest paid photographer in the world. In 1944, he directed the war documentary The Fighting Lady, which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

After World War II, Steichen was Director of the Department of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art until 1962. While at MoMA, he curated and assembled the exhibit The Family of Man, which was seen by nine million people.


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Edward Steichen's Timeline

March 27, 1879
Bivange, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
July 1, 1904
Age 25
March 25, 1973
Age 93
Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States