Monday, March 26, 2007

Happy Birthday, Edward Steichen

Today is the 128th birthday of the photographer Edward Steichen. Today he is hardly a household name but last month his 1904 photo The Pond-Moonlight broke all records by fetching an astounding $2,900,000 at auction.

He experimented with an early form of colour photography and produced some stunning results including this portrait of George Bernard Shaw...


And this Whistler-like view of New York's Flatiron building...


For more examples of Steichen's genius, click on the naked lady:

2 comments:

misty unsworth said...

Just magical.
I'd pay £2.9m for The Pond-Moonlight if I had it going spare.
Another 'it makes me feel' comment, but it makes me feel as though those photos are of the REAL world and I'm living in the reproduction.

Susan Hill said...

THANK YOU for these... reminders that photography is an art as great as painting.. rarely, but when it is, as in these exampleds, it is breathtaking. I would have given as many million as I had for either the pond or the flatiron building.. wonderfulo.