Edward Steichen: Lives In Photography Hardcover – Mar 25 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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
William A. Ewing was Director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne from 1996 to 2010. His many publications on photography include The Body, Face: The New Photographic Portrait and Arnold Newman: Masterclass.
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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!
did not have color yet. Still, it is very good if you like pictures and photos. There is some nudity. I guess this guy Steichen if famous enough to get away with that. The writing is kind of hard to understand but I think it is good. Overall a good picture book to look at. I think it should have
six stars but had to settle for five. This guy Steichen did some painting too, but they are not in the book much. He is a good photographer for sure.
A lot of the people seem posed and maybe that is good. The book is too heavy though. Way too heavy and seems to have heavy paper.
It is very very very good for a picture book. Not just for children.