Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bookshelf: Edward Steichen





A gorgeous new book on photography legend Edward Steichen is due to be released tomorrow. Written by William Ewing and Todd Brandow, it's called In High Fashion - The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937, and focuses on Steichen's 14 years at Vogue and Vanity Fair, where he was known as 'America's court portraitist'. In her review of the book, The Telegraph's Justine Picardie notes that Steichen's portraits " ... reveal themselves as the prototypes for the work of Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz: for they are intended to flatter, rather than reveal imperfection; to encapsulate heroism and intensify iconic status; in other words, to make the rich and famous look like even more gilded versions of themselves." These portraits certainly succeed in doing just that. You can read the rest of Picardie's thoughtful review here, too. From top to bottom: Marlene Dietrich, 1932; Gloria Swanson, 1924; Amelia Earhart, 1931; Martha Graham, 1931.

6 comments :

Anke said...

I've been looking for that Gloria Swanson photo for ages, but couldn't remember who it was (I just remembered the black lace and hat)! Thank you! That just verifies my theory, that all questions will eventually be answered. :)

Ashley L. said...

that lacey picture is incredibly beautiful. thank you for sharing!

Jane Flanagan said...

I've always loved this portrait of Amelia Earhart. It will be difficult not to buy this book!

Lori Langille said...

You are so welcome, all! I have to agree -- these are truly lovely.

Nay-K said...

great photographer. i love the pictures!

house decor said...

Great photos, black and whites looks so much better. Great post thank you for sharing

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