Edward Steichen: Twentieth-Century Photographer

Edward Steichen, Self-Portrait with Studio Camera, 1917
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On View Oct 07, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017
Exhibition Location: Museum

Drawn primarily from deCordova's permanent collection, this exhibition presents a dynamic survey of photographs by Edward Steichen, whose innovation as a photographer helped define the breadth of the medium in the twentieth century.  It will trace his exploration of the range of representation enabled by the photographic medium, from his early expressive, Pictorialist images, to his decades-long work as a commercial photographer taking portrait photographs of the rich and famous for Condé Nast.  It will also consider his work as the head of the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit in World War II, and on to his work as the director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, NY where he curated over forty influential exhibitions.

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Curator-led Tour of Edward Steichen: Twentieth-Century Photographer

Wednesday, October 19, 12 pm

Jennifer Gross, Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, leads an in-depth tour of Edward Steichen: Twentieth-Century Photographer. Gain new insight into the Steichen’s impact on the history of photography. RSVP


Edward Steichen, Adman

Thursday, February 23, 7 pm

Martina Tanga, deCordova’s Koch Curatorial Fellow, focuses on Edward Steichen’s highly successful advertising and commercial photographs in this spotlight gallery talk.