une épopée photographique
(Lives in Photography)
from 09 October 2007
until 30 December 2007
Jeu de Paume, Paris

Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was one of the most prolific and influential photographers of the 20th century. This is the first European retrospective of his work and features 450 vintage prints plus a selection of documents.

He produced portraits, landscapes, still lifes and nudes, and demonstrated his talent photographing fashion, dance, theatre, flowers and commercial images, as well as in war and aerial photography. With Alfred Stieglitz he helped set up the Photo-Secession group and the journal Camera Work. In 1923, Condé Nast were sufficiently impressed by his pictorialist photos to make him art director of Vogue and Vanity Fair. Steichen became one of the leading figures of modernism. He also served as photography curator at New York's MoMA, where he organised the famous exhibition The Family of Man. This show began touring internationally in 1955 and attracted over 11 million visitors worldwide. It was the crowning event of Steichen's career.
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