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Edward Steichen (American, 1879–1973)
LOT ID: 68069
Isadora Duncan at the Portal of the Parthenon, Athens, 1920

Silver Print, Warm toned gelatin silver print
13.88 х 10.88 in. (35.26 x 27.64 cm.)
Stamped, photographer's ink stamp on verso. Titled and dated in pencil in unknown hand on verso.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1960
Lot description
The print was made in the 1960's by Rolf Peterson who was Steichen's main printer.

Born in Luxembourg in 1879, Steichen and his family relocated to Hancock, Michigan when he was just three years old. By the time he was 15, he had begun a lithography apprenticeship with the American Fine Art Company in Milwaukee. In 1899, Alfred Stieglitz bought his prints and together they formed the Photosecession Group with Clarence White, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Gertrude Kasebier. Steichen was one of the first people in the United States to use the Lumiere Autochrome process, when he was experimenting with color photography. In World War 1, Steichen was the commander of the photographic division of the American Expeditionary Forces. 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. 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.
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