Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937 is a new exhibition at the International Center of Photography (ICP). The retrospective (first of its kind in the US) highlights the celebrity portraiture and fashion photography from Steichen's expansive career.
Many of the photographs are from the Condé Nast archive, including ones that haven't been on view to the public. The show opened on January 16th, 2009 and will be on view through May 3rd, 2009.
"Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was already a famed Pictorialist photographer and painter in the United States and abroad when he was offered the position of chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair by Condé Nast. Upon assuming the job, the forty-four year old artist began one of the most lucrative and controversial careers in photography. To Alfred Stieglitz and his followers, Steichen was seen as damaging the cause of photography as a fine art by agreeing to do commercial editorial work. Nevertheless, Steichen’s years at Condé Nast magazines were extraordinarily prolific and inspired..." —excerpt from ICP press release