“Edward Steichen–In High Fashion” Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Currently on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City is the fashion photography of Edward Steichen.  Now, I must admit, I’m not generally a fashion man and wouldn’t have thought twice about it but for the fact that the photographs are simply amazing.

From the museum’s website:

Edward Steichen—In High Fashion: The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937, will feature approximately 150 works by one of the twentieth century’s leading figures in photography, during his tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast’s magazines, Vogue and Vanity Fair.

This exhibition is the first to give serious attention to the full range of Steichen’s fashion work, and includes an extensive selection of vintage prints from the Steichen archive at Condé Nast, many of which have never before been exhibited or published.

Included are Steichen’s iconic portraits of famous actors, actresses, painters, producers, athletes, playwrights, poets, dancers, journalists, singers and writers, in addition to numerous fashion photographs.

Steichen’s crisp, bold, modern style revolutionized fashion photography during the 1920s and 1930s, and greatly influenced his successors in the field, including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Bruce Weber.

It’s worth checking out.

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