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Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937



Edward Steichen: Actor Gary Cooper, 1930Courtesy Condé Nast Archive, New York© Condé Nast Publications Photo courtesy of International Center of Photography
Edward Steichen: Actor Gary Cooper, 1930
Courtesy Condé Nast Archive, New York
© Condé Nast Publications
Photo courtesy of International Center of Photography
Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937
UNITED STATES
NEW YORK  •  International Center of Photography  •  Ongoing
 

As part of the International Center of Photography’s 2009 Year of Fashion, the museum hosts a retrospective of Edward Steichen’s fashion and celebrity portraiture. Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937 features 175 vintage photographs, drawn mainly from the archive of original prints at Condé Nast, along with a selection of important prints from the collection of the George Eastman House Museum. This will be the first exhibition in which the full range of his fashion photography and celebrity portraiture will be shown, including many images that have never been exhibited before. Having previously traveled throughout Europe, the exhibition is presented on its North American tour in this version only at ICP.

Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was already a famed Pictorialist photographer and painter in the United States and abroad when he was offered the position of chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair by Condé Nast. Upon assuming the job, the forty-four year old artist began one of the most lucrative and controversial careers in photography. To Alfred Stieglitz and his followers, Steichen was seen as damaging the cause of photography as a fine art by agreeing to do commercial editorial work. He revolutionized the field, banishing the gauzy light of the Pictorialist era and replacing it with the clean, crisp lines of Modernism. In the process he changed the presentation of the fashionable woman from that of a distant, romantic creature to that of a much more direct, appealing, independent figure. At the same time he created lasting portraits of hundreds of leading personalities in movies, theatre, literature, politics, music, and sports, including Gloria Swanson, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Colette, Winston Churchill, Amelia Earhart, Jack Dempsey, Noel Coward, Greta Garbo, Dorothy Parker, and Cecil B. De Mille.



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