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Masters of Photography: Edward Steichen [DVD]

Masters of Photography: Edward Steichen [DVD]

Widely regarded as the most influential photographer of the 20th century, Steichen was born Eduard Jean Steichen in Luxembourg in 1879. He worked in every aspect of the art--fashion, industrial, nature, combat, portrait, table-top. As a leading museum curator he created the famous "Family of Man" photo exhibition. He died in Connecticut in 1973. This film was made in 1964. 

In every branch of photography to which he set his hand, Steichen became a master. His portraits of Gershwin, Garbo, Eugene O'Neill, Marlene Dietrich, Chaplin and George M. Cohan are the definitive images by which we remember those celebrated artists. His photomurals of dams, bridges, and huge buildings astonished audiences when they were first shown. In the 20's and 30's he was the best known and most expensive commercial advertising photographer in New York. A pioneer in aerial photography during World War II, he was in charge of naval combat camera crews.

This informative documentary was shot when Steichen, at 86, reflected on his long life and many achievements. Photography, he says, is both "ridiculously easy and impossibly difficult."

Narrated by David Wayne

2006
30 minutes
Color
English
Kultur Video

ISBN D4078

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