Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937
31 Oct 2014 – 18 Jan 2015
More than 200 vintage prints celebrate the photographer's career at Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Steichen had already found success as an artist when he was offered the position of chief photographer at Condé Nast in 1923. Taking advantage of the publishing giant's resources and prestige, he pioneered a new approach to editorial photography; whether his subject was a public figure, model or item of clothing, he saw an opportunity to explore shape, form, texture, light and shade. He stayed on staff for over 15 years, photographing the likes of Greta Garbo, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich and George Gershwin, as well as haute couture designs by Chanel and Lanvin. Reportedly during this tenure he was the highest paid photographer in the world.
This exhibition brings together the highlights from his time at Condé Nast, many on public display for the first time since the 1930s. Blending art, fashion and photography, Steichen's work is credited with redefining the aesthetic of modern lifestyle magazines.