Spotlight: Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen (1879 – 1973) is considered one of the greatest (if not the greatest) photographers of all time. Painter by education, he took up photography very early on and was one of the advocates of it as an art form with his friend, one of the most prominent photographers Alfred Stieglitz.



Steichen started as a pictorialist. Pictorialism was a first photography movement in which photographs resembled paintings (to prove that photography was an art form). His photographs are truly artworks, yet Steichen was not always creating photographs for galleries. He was working as a fashion photographer at Conde Nast, as well as produced some advertisements.

images Alden-Gay-in-Chanel-Steichen-1924

These days, any of his works are worth a lot of money and are considered art, independently of the original intent. He is one of the most expensive photographers, his work Pond-Moonlight was sold for $2.9 million.




Эдвард Штайхен (1879 – 1973) считается одним из величайших (если не величайшим) фотографом всех времен. Художник по образованию, он начал заниматься фотографией очень рано и был одним из сторонников фотографии как вида искусства со своим другом, одним из самых выдающихся фотографов Альфредом Штиглицем.

Штайхен начинал как фотохудожник. Пикториализм был первым фотографическим движением, в котором фотографии напоминали картины (чтобы доказать, что фотография является формой искусства). Его фотографии действительно искусство, но Штайхен не всегда создавал фотографии для галерей. Он работал в качестве модного фотографа в Conde Nast, а также произвел некоторые рекламы.

Сегодня, любая из его работ стоит много и считаются искусством, независимо от первоначального намерения. Он является одним из самых дорогих фотографов, его работа Озеро в Мунном Свете продана за $ 2,9 миллиона.

2 thoughts

  1. I live fairly close to the British National Media Museum and have been able to review (hold in my hand) many original Pictorialist images and also examine copies of Alfred Stieglitz’s “Camera Work”. Whilst many of the images would be discarded as incorrectly exposed by today’s photographers, it is true there is a ‘charisma’ about each and the sheer quality of many of the platinum prints is just jaw-dropping.

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