Jeu de Paume, Paris

From October 09, 2007 to December 30, 2007

Edward Steichen, White, 1935, Courtesy Condé Nast Archive, New York © 1935 Condé Nast Publications

Edward Steichen - Une épopée photographique


Jeu de Paume in Paris is the first venue of the international tour of the exhibition "Edward Steichen - Une épopée photographique". This first major retrospective of Edward Steichen's work is produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, and the Musée de l’Elysée.

This is the first European retrospective and the most complete overview of the work of the American photographer Edward Steichen. The exhibition is organised around 250 vintage prints from major public and private collections (MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Georges Eastman House, Musée d’Orsay Paris, Kunsthaus Zürich, Art Institute of Chicago) on both sides of the Atlantic.

With his curious, inventive mind, Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was one of the most prolific and influential photographers of the 20th century. A Luxemburger by birth, Steichen co-founded the Photo Secession group with Alfred Stieglitz and was an active contributor to the journal Camera Work. A successful painter as well, Steichen decided to abandon painting in early 1920s, realizing that his real talent lay with photography. His work ranged across portraits and landscapes. He also ventured into war photography and aerial photography. His innovative vision was brought to bear on almost every sphere, and his creativity was productively expressed in graphic design, typography and art directing.

In parallel to this retrospective at the Museo Reina Sofia, the Musée de l’Elysée in collaboration with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, presents "Edward Steichen - Fotografia de moda. Los años de Condé Nast, 1923 - 1927" at the Museo del Traje from 24 June to 22 September 2008.

See the exhibition tour.