Edward Steichen

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  • Edward Steichen is born

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  • lithography apprenticeship

    When Edward was 14, he began a lithography apprenticeship at the American Fine Art Company of Milwaukee. There he learned to draw, sketch, and paint.
  • Milwaukee Art Students League

    Steichen and some of his friends who were also interested in drawing and photography put their money togeher and rented a small room in the Milwaukee office building. They called themselves the Milwaukee Art Students League.
  • First Camera

    Edward was set on being a painter, but in 1896 his father gave him his first camera and then he was hooked.
  • Beginning of Photography

    Started studying with a local photographer
  • Exhabition

    Entered his first exhabition in 1899 at the Second Salon of Philadelphia
  • Sales with Stieglitz

    Went to New York in 1902, where he sold some of his work to Stieglitz. The two became good friends.
  • Move to Paris

    Steichen moved to paris to continue to study paint and photography. He was principal in the pictorial movement and one of the founders of photo-secession
  • Photographic Division of Aerial Photography

    Commanded the Photographic Division of Aerial Photography during WWI.
  • End of Painting

    In 1918, Steichen decided to burn all of his paintings and focus soley on photography.
  • Types of Photography

    After the war, his style changed from impressionistic style photos to sharp and close up still lives. He continued to take portraits though
  • Traveling to Europe

    After his write up in Vanity Fair's magazine, he was appointed cheif photographer for Conde Nast publications. This gave him the opportunity to travel to Europe and shoot fashion, and famous writers, artists, and politicians. These were published in Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines, and he was known as the best in his field.
  • Vanity Fair

    Was written up in Vanity Fair as the worlds best portrait photographer.
  • Move to France

    By 1938 he had saved up enough money to close down his shop and move to France. There he intended on spending time as a horticulturist.
  • Lieutenant Commander of Photography

    In 1942 he was called back into duty where he was once again te Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy of photographing the naval aspects of war.
  • U.S. Naval Photographic Institute

    In 1945 Edward Steichen became the director of the U.S. Naval Photographic Institute
  • Museum of Modern Art

    After the war he became the director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art. Here he was part of the most popular exhabition in the history of photography, The Family of Man.
  • Edward Steichen Photography Center

    The Edward Steichen Photography Center was established in the museum.
  • Passing

    Edward Steichen died in West Redding, Connecticut, on March 25th, 1973.
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