“Photography records the gamut
of feelings written on the human
face, the beauty of the earth and
skies that man has inherited,
and the wealth and confusion
man has created. It is a major
force in explaining man to man.”
A self-portrait of a younger
Edward Steichen using a
brush and palette. (1903)
By: Joshua Xiong
Who is Edward Steichen?
• Born on March 27, 1879, in Luxembourg
• Died on March 25, 1973
• American photographer, painter, and art gallery and
• A self-taught master of photography in a pictorial approach
• Helped Alfred Stieglitz in creating the Little Galleries of the
• Organized the famous Family of Man exhibition
• Became one of the best known portraitists in the world
In all of his work,
His portraiture and
A photo of
A photo of Paul
posed for this
image while he
worked on the film
The Emperor Jones.
Photo of Chinese
Anna May Wong.
A photo of African
Steichen’s Greatest Contribution to Art
• “The Family of Man,” Steichen’s most famous exhibition
• Steichen spent three years organizing the exhibition
• “The Family of Man” is composed of 503 photographs
thematically grouped; focused on love, children, and death
• The art form acted “as a mirror of the essential oneness of
mankind throughout the world,” (Northwestern University)
(Right) A photo of
Steichen’s “Family of
Man” exhibition on view
Jan. 24- May 8, 1955 at
The Museum of Modern
(Left) A photo of Edward
Steichen, Director of the
Photography of MOMA.
• Steichen was influenced by Eugène
• Carrière is a French Symbolist
painter, and lithographer
• Carrière was influenced by the
paintings of Paul Rubens and Diego
A self-portrait of
Who did Steichen influence?
• Steichen’s successors in the field were greatly influenced
• His successors include George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P.
Horst, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn
• Hoyningen-Huene is one of photography’s early
practitioners in necromancy
• “Horst set out to create a parallel aspirational universe in
which his subjects became mysterious and alluring,”
• Avedon helped make photography an contemporary art
• Penn “. . . advanced the genre of portraiture. His formal
rigor, graphic daring, and studied simplicity. . .” (Gefter)
A photo of George
Hoyningen-Huene handled his light
and shadow settings flawlessly.
A self-portrait of
Horst P. Horst.
Horst’s photos are elegant
and stylish. His method was
to carefully prepare lighting
and props in arrangement.
Below is HoyningenHuene took this photo
in 1930. It was called
Below is Horst’s
which was taken in
Above is HoyningenHuene’s photo of
and Loty Salon,
The photo above is of
Ginger Rogers. It was
taken in 1936 by Horst.
“Penn is celebrated for his compelling
portraits, scenes, and still lifes, in
genres ranging from fashion to travel
This photo is a selfportrait of Irving Penn.
This photo is a self-portrait
of Richard Avedon.
Richard Avedon used stark
lighting and white backdrops
that draws the viewer to the
Works of Avedon
A photo taken of actress
Marilyn Monroe by Richard
Avedon in New York, May 6,
A photo of Pablo Picasso by Irving
A photo of the Beatles by
Richard Avedon. This was
taken in London, England
on October 11, 1967.
• Avedon, Richard. Self-portrait. 1980. The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York.
Gagosian Gallery. Web. 16 Mar. 2013
• Carrière, Eugène. Self-portrait. 1893. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
NY. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Web. 16 Mar. 2013
• “Edward Steichen.” Masters of Photography. n.p. n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.
• “Edward Steichen.” New York Times. n.p. n.d. Web. 16 Mar. 2013
• “Edward Steichen at the Family of Man.” MoMA. n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2013.
• “Edward Steichen—In High Fashion: The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937.” The NelsonAtkins Museum of Art. n.p. 15 May- 25 Jul. Web. 16 Mar. 2013
• Gefter, Philip. “Irving Penn RIP.” Slate. Slate. 8 Oct. 2009. Web. 16 Mar. 2013.
• “Horst.” Classic Photography. n.p. n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2013.
• Meyers, William. “Form and Fashion: Hoyningen-Huene.” The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal. 2 July 2011. 17 Mar. 2013.
• “Mutual Admiration: Eugène Carrière and His Circle.” Cantor Arts Center at
Stanford University. 8 Aug. – 2 Dec. 2007. Web. 16 Mar. 2013
• Penn, Irving. Self-portrait. 1948. Christie’s, London, South Kensington. Christie’s.
Web. 16 Mar. 2013
• Pepper, Terrence, et al. Horst Portraits, 60 years of Style. New York. Harry N.
Abrams, 2001. Print.