Edward Steichen

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Date of Birth March 27, 1879
Place of Birth Bivange, Luxembourg
Date of Death Mar 25, 1973 (93)
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Edward Steichen

Edward Jean Steichen was a Luxembourgish American photographer, painter, and curator. His were the photographs that most frequently appeared in Alfred Stieglitz's groundbreaking magazine Camera Work during its publication from 1903 to 1917. Steichen laid claim to his photos of gowns for the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911, being the first modern fashion photographs ever published. From 1923 to 1938, Steichen was a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair, while also working for many advertising agencies, including J. Walter Thompson. During these years, Steichen was regarded as the best known and highest paid photographer in the world. In 1944, he directed the war documentary The Fighting Lady, which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary. From 1947 to 1961, Steichen served as Director of the department of photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Born: Éduard Jean Steichen, March 27, 1879, Bivange/Béiweng, Luxembourg
Died: March 25, 1973, West Redding, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality: Luxembourgish by birth, American from 1900
Known for: Painting, Photography
Website: Edward Steichen's Official site
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About Edward Steichen

Renowned photographer who created The Family of Man exhibition.

Before Fame

He began his career at the age of 15 as a lithography apprentice.


He opened Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which included art by Picasso, Rodin, Cezanne, Matisse, and others.

Family Life

He married his first wife, Clara Smith, in 1903, and together they had two children.


President Lyndon Johnson presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Information related to Edward Steichen

  • Luxembourgian emigrants to the United States
  • Vanity Fair (magazine) people
  • Photography critics
  • Photography curators
  • Vogue (magazine) people
  • War photographers
  • Fashion photographers
  • American curators
  • Alumni of the Académie Julian
  • 20th-century American photographers
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients
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