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Edward Steichen : in high fashion, the Conde Nast years, 1923-1937

documentary heritage
  • Description

    "Steichen was already a famous painter and photographer on both sides of the Atlantic when, in early 1923, he was offered one of the most prestigious positions, and certainly the most lucrative, in photography's commercial domain, that of chief photographer for Conde Nast's influential and highly regarded magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair. Over the next fifteen years.

    Steichen produced a body of work of unequaled brilliance, putting his exceptional talents and prodigious energies to work dramatizing and glamorizing contemporary culture and its achievers, in politics, literature, sports, dance, theater, opera, and, above all, the world of high fashion.

    The Steichen archive at Conde Nast contains more than 2000 original prints. Several of the images are well known, prominently featured in various histories of photographs. Until now, however, no more than a handful of these prints has been exhibited or published. The 1920s and 1930s represent the high point in Steichen's photographic career, and the work he did for Vogue and Vanity Fair encompasses some of the most striking creations of twentieth-century photography."--Dust jacket.

  • Place
  • Other Id

    TR140.S74 EWI (Library of Congress Call Number)

    83045 (Cat ID)

    154032 (DBTextworks system ID)

    81137 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Edward Steichen : in high fashion, the Conde Nast years, 1923-1937
  • Primary Maker
  • Contributor/Publisher
    FEP Editions LLC in association with W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York
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  • Physical Description

    287 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 32 cm

  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Member Object

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  • Subject Category
  • Content
    Preface and acknowledgments: in high fashion / William A. Ewing and Todd Brandow
    A perfect conjunction / William A. Swing
    Plates I: I will sign the pictures
    Edward Steichen at Conde Nast Publications / Carol Squiers
    Plates II: Light is a charlatan
    Lights going all over the place / Tobia Bezzola
    Plates III: Make Vogue a Louvre
    In the days of chic / Nathalie Herschdorfer
    Models and sitters: a who's who / Nathalie Herschdorfer.
  • Public Access Text

    Catalogue published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name, organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, and the Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne.

    Exhibition itinerary: Jeu de Pauma, Paris, October 9-December 30, 2007; Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, January 11-March 30; Chiostri di San Domenico, Reggio Emilia, April 15-June 8, 2008; Museo del Traje, Madrid, June 24-September 22, 2008; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, October 10, 2008-January 1, 2009; International Center of Photography, New York, January 16-May 3, 2009; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Summer 2009; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Fall 2009. Includes bibliographical references and index.

  • Collection Type
    Reading Room
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023
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