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Edward Steichen

The Flatiron, New York, 1905 (1879 - 1973)

hand pulled dust grain photogravure

Photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator, Edward Steichen had a foundational influence on 20th century American photography. He partnered with Alfred Stieglitz in the early 1900s, his work frequently appearing in Camera Work magazine and at Stieglitz's Gallery 291. He experimented with color, was the first ever fashion photographer, and his 1928 portrait of actress Greta Garbo is an icon of its type. He served as Director of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art, and in 1955 created the famous exhibit, The Family of Man, which was viewed by an estimated 9 million people world-wide. Steichen was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1963.