Thursday, 15 August 2013

Exhibition foam II: Edward Steichen

The second exhibition we visited was about photographer Edward Steichen (1879-1973) 'In High Fashion, the Condé Nast years, 1923-1937'. During those years he worked as a fashion photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair and he had hundreds of famous models, actors, actresses and authors in front of his camera.
There was an overwhelming number of photographs displayed; some people are still known nowadays for their looks or abilities, others are forgotten over time.
Below are some of my favorite pictures that were on display:

Actress Carlotta Monterey, 1924.

Actor Gary Cooper, 1930.

Actress Mary Heberden, 1935.

Actress Greta Garbo, 1928.

Actress Gloria Swanson, 1924

Actress Loretta Young, 1932.

Actress Marlene Dietrich, 1934.

Princess Nathalie Paley wearing sandals by Shoecraft, 1934.

Of course this has nothing to do with Contemplative photography: this has nothing to do with fresh perceptions, everything is posed. But I do like his lines and lighting, and his sometimes dramatic use of shadows.
All photographs by Edward Steichen.

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