By far the most lavish, thoughtfully selected, and
beautifully produced book of Steichen's work.
Edward Steichen (1879-1973) is unquestionably one of the most
prolific, influential, and indeed controversial names in the
history of photography. He was admired by many for his achievements
as a fine-art photographer, while impressing countless others with
the force of his commercial accomplishments. The influence of his
legendary exhibition, The Family of Man, is still felt.
This volume traces Steichen's career trajectory from his
Pictoralist beginnings to his time with Cond? Nast through his
directorship of photography at the Museum of Modern Art. Hundreds
of his photographs are reproduced in stunning four-color to reveal
the complexities and nuances of these black-and-white images.
Essays from a range of scholars explore his most important subjects
and weigh his legacy. Contributors include A. D. Coleman, Joanna T.
Steichen, and Ronald Gedrim. With a full bibliography and
chronology, this is the most complete and wide-ranging volume on
Steichen ever published.