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Edward Steichen [Hardcover]

Todd Brandow , William A Ewing
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March 25 2008
By far the most lavish, thoughtfully selected, and beautifully produced book of Steichen's work.

Edward Steichen (1879-1973) is unquestionably one of the most prolific, influential, and indeed controversial names in the history of photography. He was admired by many for his achievements as a fine-art photographer, while impressing countless others with the force of his commercial accomplishments. The influence of his legendary exhibition, The Family of Man, is still felt.

This volume traces Steichen's career trajectory from his Pictoralist beginnings to his time with Condé Nast through his directorship of photography at the Museum of Modern Art. Hundreds of his photographs are reproduced in stunning four-color to reveal the complexities and nuances of these black-and-white images. Essays from a range of scholars explore his most important subjects and weigh his legacy. Contributors include A. D. Coleman, Joanna T. Steichen, and Ronald Gedrim. With a full bibliography and chronology, this is the most complete and wide-ranging volume on Steichen ever published.

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Starred Review. With his prodigious range, versatility and output, Edward Steichen casts a long shadow in 20th-century photography, and this lushly produced book assesses his legacy. Wending through Steichen's 70-year career, the book presents his early, impressionistic black-and-white nudes and portraits of luminaries such as Rodin as well as atmospheric still lives and editorial fashion shots for Vogue and Vanity Fair. Steichen experimented and excelled in every genre of photography and even his most commercial work shows more aesthetic consideration than product placement. The images are accompanied by insightful essays from a number of expert critics and curators, all of whom place Steichen in his proper context as one of the most influential and controversial artists of his time, alternately reviled as a parvenu and lauded as the Leonardo of photography. This book nimbly navigates divergent critical responses and brilliantly encapsulates the innovations and transformations of this pioneer of modern photography. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Todd Brandow is the founding director of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in Paris. William A. Ewing is the curator and director of the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne. He lives in Switzerland.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. Feb. 3 2014
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This is a wonderful book and on amazon.ca at least is offered at a terrific price (less than $20 for an oversized hardcover book of more than 300 pages - amazing!). It covers not only the growth over time of Steichen but also changes in photography and in society over the same time period. Most of the photographs are in black and white, which I love. There are a few colour ones as well. There is also a lot of text which appears to well written but which I haven't read - I buy books to enjoy the photographs and not to read (A picture is worth a thousand words....). It won't be available at this or any other price for long so if you love the old masters of photography grab this while you can. The only downside is that it may take more than a month to be delivered so be patient - it's worth the wait (or order it from Amazon.com at four times the cost!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great art book to go along with the definitive biography May 4 2008
By A Connecticut Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Until now, it has been impossible to find an art book that complements the extensively researched biography of Edward Steichen written by Penelope Niven some ten years ago. "Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography" remedies this situation with brilliance and dash. It explores the work of this great American artist with lively and detailed precision, capturing the high exuberance of his work and his many-faceted personality in essays that are carefully dovetailed with the greatest photographs in Steichen's oeuvre. All elegantly printed with no costs spared. To learn more about the artist's long and fascinating life, purchase "Steichen: A Biography" by Penelope Niven. To understand his art, purchase "Lives in Photography." With these books on your library shelf, you will have a better idea of just why this great artist has such staying power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just another retrospective March 31 2008
By Alex Lublin - Published on Amazon.com
Edward Steichen had a long (94 years) and storied life, however until now it was difficult to find a book that exhibited his work and gave a clear understanding of both his work and influence on: Art, Fashion, Marketing, War, Curating, Botany, and (of course) Photography. Through the text of this, rather large, book one can learn about an influential and very controversial (as most artists often are) man. Of course this book has numerous beautiful plates (Which is expected in the world of printing today). However, unlike many photo books this one is an interesting read. While, some of the writing may seem exuberantly adoring of Steichen, this can be easily understood after learning of his impact on the art world. After reading this book it is hard to believe that this is the first comprehensive book on Steichen since Steichen himself wrote "A life in photography" in 1963. Overall an excellent book for anyone interested in photography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steichen the Master April 28 2008
By B. K. Wunder - Published on Amazon.com
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Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography is a wondrous collection of some of the finest work by one of this nation's finest photographers. The images should prove inspirational to any who aspire to creating art with a camera. Steichen never succombed to the post-modern faux-artistry and its glorification of the bizarre and twisted. This book is simply fabulous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Nov. 8 2010
By Andrey B. Vorobyov - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book!
The reproduction quality is a bit worse that in the second book
"Edward Steichen: In High Fashion - The Conde Nast Years, 1923-1937"
but my understanding is that this volume appeared earlier, a sort of first try.
Some photos also appear in both volumes, that is also understandable.
Nevertheless the book is a must have for those who likes the work of E.Steichen.
Many thanks to all the editing team for both volumes!
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book July 11 2014
By Vivian Tremayne - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful and LARGE photographs - well done. It was a great book to have along with the biography I bought.
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