Edward Steichen (1879 1973) is unquestionably one of the most prolific, versatile, influential, and also controversial names in the history of photography. He was admired by many for his achievements as a fine-art photographer, and he impressed countless others with the magnitude of his purely commercial accomplishments.
This volume, published to accompany the first posthumous European retrospective of his work, traces Steichen’s career trajectory from his early pictorialist beginnings to his time working with Condé Nast and his directorship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Hundreds of vintage photographs are accompanied by essays from a range of scholars who explore Steichen's most important subjects and weigh his legacy. The publication also includes a full bibliography and chronology of Steichen's life and career.