Friday, May 10, 2013

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS: EDUARD STEICHEN

Eduard Steichen was born in Luxembourg but when he was three years old his family moved to the United States in 1881. He studied painting and in the same time he's interested in photography.
 In 1895 became interested in artistic photography. In the following years he successfully participated in several exhibitions in America and Europe. During the first world war Steichen became commander of the photographic division of the American Expeditionary Forces. This gave him the opportunity to become involved with aerial photography. The accuracy required by the aerial shooting allows him to sharpen the view and teaches him to appreciate the beauty of a not manipulated photograph.
In 1923 became chief photographer for Conde Nast Publications and his work appeared regularly in Vogue and Vanity Fair. His fashion photographs and portraits are the highest paid of the time.
From postwar until 1962, he was director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He died in West Redding March 25, 1973 at age of 94.
Steichen's photos of gowns designed by couturier Paul Poiret in the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 are regarded as the first modern fashion photographs ever published.

Vogue- September 1923
Jetta Goudal in Lanvin satin dress-1923
Alden Gay in Chanel dress-1924
Comtesse Jean de Polignac daughter of Jean Lanvin-1924
Gloria Swanson-1924
Joan Clement-1924
Marion Morehouse and Helen Lyons- 1926
On George's Baher's yacht-1928
(E.Vogt- second  left- wearing a Chanel outfit)
Joan Bennett- 1928
Lee Miller in Jay Thorpe dress - 1928
Eduard Steichen è nato a Lussemburgo ma cresciuto negli Stati Uniti dove la famiglia era emigrata nel 1881. Studia pittura e parallelamente comincia ad interessarsi alla fotografia.
Nel 1895 comincia a comentarsi nella fotografia artistica. Negli anni seguenti partecipa con successo ad alcune mostre fotografiche in America e in Europa. Nel corso della prima guerra mondiale, Steichen è fotografo dell'aviazione e della marina, fatto che influenzerà profondamente il suo stile fotografico. La precisione richiesta dalle riprese aeree aguzza il suo sguardo e gli insegna ad apprezzare la bellezza di una fotografia non manipolata.
Nel 1923, diventa primo fotografo di Condé Nast, responsabile, in particolare, delle riviste "Vanity Fair" e "Vogue". Le sue fotografie di moda e i suoi ritratti sono tra i più pagati dell'epoca.
Dal dopoguerra fino al 1962, fu direttore di fotografia presso il Museum of Modern Art di New York. Muore a West Redding il 25 marzo 1973 all' età di 94 anni.
Le foto di Steichen degli abiti disegnati da Paul Poiret nella rivista Art et Décoration nel 1911 sono considerati come le prime fotografie di moda moderni mai pubblicati

Vionnet -1930
Claire Coulter in Lanvin and Avis Newcomb in Chanel -1931
Joan Crawford in Schiapparelli dress -1932
Ilka Chase -1933
Katherine Hepburn in Clarepotter coat -1933
Shoecraft sandals- 1934
Rose Clark dinner dress and sandals by Premier -1934







1 comment:

  1. Such a great pictures he made. Love the faahion.

    X Willemijn Sofie

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