Edward Steichen was already a famous painter and photographer in
America and abroad when, in early 1923, he was offered the most
prestigious position in photography's commercial domain: that of
chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Over the next fifteen years, Steichen would produce a body of
work of unequaled brilliance, dramatizing and glamorizing
contemporary culture and its achievers in politics, literature,
film, sport, dance, theater, opera, and the world of high fashion.
Here are iconic images of Gloria Swanson, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo,
and Charlie Chaplin as well as numerous other celebrities drawn
from an archive of more than two thousand original prints. Until
now, no more than a handful have been exhibited or published in
book form. The photographs of the 1920s and 1930s represent the
high point in Steichen's career and are among the most striking
creations of twentieth-century photography.