About the artist
Edward Steichen, a highly influential artist, played a crucial role in elevating American photography to the status of art during the early 1900s. Through his dedication to Pictorialism, he established a reputation for American photography as an artistic medium. Immersed in European culture after his travels and living in Paris, Steichen fostered relationships with well known artists and performers, effectively introducing European modernism to the American public via the 291 gallery in New York. Serving in World War I, Steichen shifted from Pictorialism to Straight Photography, ultimately revolutionizing fashion photography and leading the Department of Photography at New York's MoMA. During his tenure, he curated the highly acclaimed exhibition, The Family of Man.