Edward Steichen (1879 - 1973)
Edward Steichen was a Luxembourg-born American artist and gallerist who was a key figure in the development of photography. Steichen notably served as The Museum of Modern Art’s director of photography from 1945 until 1962. In his own photographs, such as The Flatiron (1904), the artist experimented with coloring techniques developed by the French Lumière Brothers. “Photography is a medium of formidable contradictions. It is both ridiculously easy and almost impossibly difficult,” he once explained.

Today, the artist’s works are found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others.

Portfolio of 12 hand-pulled photogravures by Edward Steichen
The Early Years: 1900-1927

The Early Years: 1900-1927
1900-1927 / Printed 1981
Portfolio of 12 hand-pulled photogravures
No. 221 of an edition of 1,000
Various sizes on 20 x 16 in. paper
In slip-cased portfolio
Titles include: Grand Prix at Longchamp: After the Races; Self-portrait with Sister; Torso; Moonrise; In Memoriam; Steichen and Wife Clara on Their Honeymoon; Richard Strauss; The Flatiron; Heavy Roses; Isadora Duncan at the Portal of the Parthenon; Three Pears and an Apple; Brancusi in His Studio.
Introductory essays by Beaumont Newhall and Mary Steichen Calderone