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Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in ARTICLES | 0 comments

Edward Steichen: the Condé Nast years exhibition

The Photographers’ Gallery is hosting an exhibition on Edward Steichen’s years as a fashion photographer for Condé Nast. The exhibition is cleverly set out chronologically over three floors, and includes over 200 vintage prints as well as Steichen’s works in original context thanks to copies of Vogue and Vanity Fair.

It’s easy to notice the influence of Steichen’s studies as a painter in his photographs, especially in their settings and in the way he did portraiture. Although he took inspiration from painters from the past, his pictures still look contemporary nearly a century later; it’s probably this strength that made him so famous – the talent to create beautiful, timeless shots.

Some of the prints on display have not been shown to the public since the 1930s, and include designs from Patou, Schiaparelli and portraits of Greta Garbo, Frank Lloyd Wright and Fred Astaire.

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937 is laid out in a clever way using, for example, the wallpaper he designed for Stehli Silks Corporation as a background. The rooms are spacious and the fact that it’s spread out over three floors makes it easier to look around, even on a busy day.

The exhibition is aimed at fashionistas, however everybody who admires Steichen’s genius and photographs would equally enjoy it.

Getting there: Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937. Until 18 January 2015; The Photographers’ Gallery; Tube: Oxford Circus; Tickets: £4.50 / 3.50 concessions, free admission Mon- Fri, 10:00 – 12:00, free entry to under 16s. 020 70879300; www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Picture credits: Edward Steichen “Black”: Model Margaret Horan in a black dress by Jay-Thorpe, 1935 (Vogue, November 1, 1935). Courtesy of Condé Nast Archive, Condé Nast Publications, Inc, New York/ Paul Hawryluk, Dawn Lucas and Rachael Smalley