Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Artist of 7 portraits
Steichen's early training was in lithography and painting. He turned to photography in the late 1890s with the encouragement of photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Between 1902 and 1917 Stieglitz published over seventy photographs by Steichen in numerous issues of Camera Work. He worked as chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair from 1923-37, producing portraits of many of the era's most celebrated personalities. After the Second World War he was appointed Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. One of the greatest photographers, his work formed the vanguard of the Photo-Secession movement, whose aesthetic derived primarily from Symbolist and Impressionist painting.