Friday, 28 November 2008

Something for the Weekend: Edward Steichen

*Norma Shearer (1935)*

These gorgeous photographs were taken by Edward Steichen (1879-1973). Born in Luxembourg Eduard Jean Steichen became a naturalised American citizen after migrating to the US with his family as a child. Steichen was first and foremost a fine art painter until he realised how his skills in fine art could translate into photography to create a new kind of pictoralist art photography. During World War One he comanded the photographic division of the American Expeditionary Force. Viewing the world from above, as director of arial photography, led Steichen to experiment with a new ‘modernist’ photography and after the war he turned to photographing the fashion and film world from new perspectives. Just feast your eyes on these truly beautiful images... What do you think?

Kendall Lee (1925) * Gloria Swanson (1924) *Marlene Dietrich (1934)*


a london bride said...

You're right what fabulous photos. I might add some onto my photo board for my photographer!

KC said...

What beautiful photos! I especially like the third one, with the decorative effect of the lace. Steichen is one of my favorite photographers. I love the way he captured the quintessential beauty of that period.

The Cwtch said...

They are just amazing I think, they positively ooze the sophisticated glamour of the 1920's / 1930's. The lighting is perfect and they are so evocative.

Sarah said...

These are beautiful photographs and he is a remarkable photographer. Nice post!