Edward Steichen: In High Fashion

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion

The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937

  1. William A. Ewing
  2. Todd Brandow
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  • ISBN 9780500543542
  • 30.50 x 25.30 cm
  • Hardback
  • 288pp
  • With 245 photographs
  • First published 2008
‘The era’s beautiful people captured at their most chic’ – The Independent on Sunday
‘What’s striking about this book is how timeless these images appear. Superb lighting and clarity give them a very classic look … We can study these images and appreciate them solely for Steichen’s exquisite craftsmanship’ – Amateur Photographer
‘Beautifully presented … a fascinating resource on the work of Steichen during the 1920s and 1930s … Will appeal to students and aficionados of fashion and anyone with an interest in this artist’ – The Art Book
Picture Book of the Week – The Sunday Times

Edward Steichen was already a famous painter and photographer when, in 1923, he was offered one of the most prestigious and most lucrative positions in photography – that of chief photographer for Condé Nast’s Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Over the next fifteen years, Steichen produced an oeuvre of unequalled brilliance, dramatizing and glamorizing contemporary culture and its achievers – in politics, literature, journalism, dance, theatre, opera and, above all, the world of high fashion.

The 1920s and 1930s represent the high point in Edward Steichen’s photographic career, and the work he did for Condé Nast will stand forever among the most striking creations of 20th-century photography. The list of Steichen’s portraits is astounding in its range.

Steichen created a new style of fashion photography: his crisp, detailed, high-key style is a strong wind felt in the field to this day – George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Weber are only his most illustrious descendants.

The Steichen archive at Condé Nast contains more than two thousand original vintage prints. A few of the images are well-known and indeed feature as iconic images in various histories of photography. Until now, however, no more than a handful of these prints has been exhibited or published.

William Ewing, director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, is a well-known curator and writer on photography. His recent books include Edward Steichen : Lives in Photography, Face : The New Photographic Portrait, reGeneration and The Century of the Body, all published by Thames & Hudson.
Todd Brandow worked as an art consultant in New York for many years. Since 1997, he has been living in Paris, working as an independent photography curator. He has recently co-curated a retrospective exhibition of Edward Steichen..