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Edward Steichen (American, 1879–1973)
LOT ID: 80242
Greta Garbo, 1928

Silver Print, gelatin silver print on Kodak Eklature paper
14 х 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm.)
Signed, other, descriptive label signed by George Tice and the photographer's widow, Joanna Steichen.
Edition of 100, plus 30 APs, 2 BATs
Foundry/Publisher Prestige Art Ltd., New York
Lot description
From the portfolio "Twenty-five Photographs," 1982. Printed from the original Steichen negatives by George Tice. No further prints will be made. Print is dry mounted on 20 x 16 inch (50.8 x 40.6 cm) museum board.

"The camera is a witness of objects, places, and events.... The technical process simply serves as a vehicle of transcription and not as the art."
-Edward Steichen

Born in Luxembourg in 1879, Edward Steichen is considered one of the 20th Century's preeminent photographers. A major Pictorialist and member of the Photo Secession, Steichen was instrumental in promoting photography as an art form during the early years of the century. Steichen was the most featured artist in Alfred Steiglitz’s groundbreaking magazine Camera Work and was one of the first people in the United States to use the Lumiere Autocrhome process, when he was experimenting with color photography. In 1923 he worked for the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency and soon thereafter became Conde Nast Publication’s chief photographer. He shot regularly for Vanity Fair and Vogue as well and during this time he was regarded as the world’s best photographer. Steichen became the Director of the U.S. Naval Photographic Institute in 1945. After the war, he became the Museum of Modern Art’s Director of Photography. He held many famous exhibitions there including “The Family of Man” in 1955. Edward Steichen died in 1973 in West Redding, Connecticut.
Greta Garbo by Edward Steichen
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