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Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography

Edward Steichen: Actor Gary Cooper, 1930Courtesy Condé Nast Archive, New York© Condé Nast Publications
Edward Steichen: Actor Gary Cooper, 1930
Courtesy Condé Nast Archive, New York
© Condé Nast Publications
Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA  •  Reynolda House Museum of American Art  •  Ongoing

Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was already a famed Pictorialist photographer and painter in the United States and abroad when he was offered the position of chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair by Condé Nast. Upon assuming the job, the forty-four year old artist began one of the most lucrative and controversial careers in photography. To Alfred Stieglitz and his followers, Steichen was seen as damaging the cause of photography as a fine art by agreeing to do commercial editorial work. He revolutionized the field, banishing the gauzy light of the Pictorialist era and replacing it with the clean, crisp lines of Modernism. In the process he changed the presentation of the fashionable woman from that of a distant, romantic creature to that of a much more direct, appealing, independent figure. At the same time he created lasting portraits of hundreds of leading personalities in movies, theatre, literature, politics, music, and sports, including Gloria Swanson, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Colette, Winston Churchill, Amelia Earhart, Jack Dempsey, Noel Coward, Greta Garbo, Dorothy Parker, Martha Graham, Walt Disney, Fred Astaire and Cecil B. De Mille.

Organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Star Power brings together Steichen's Condé Nast portraits of luminaries from the worlds of politics, literature, government, journalism, dance, theatre, music, fashion, and the opera.

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Contact: Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Tel: (1) 336 758 51 50

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