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The Play of Modern Hands (hands of Ilka Chase, Backgammon)



Edward Steichen

Luxembourg, United States of America

27 Mar 1879 – 25 Mar 1973

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    24.3 x 19.5 cm image; 25.4 x 20.2 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1989
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Edward Steichen/ARS. Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Edward Steichen

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Edward Steichen was a modernist with a firm foothold in tradition. Five years after he began studies at the Milwaukee Art Students League he had his first photographic exhibition. A year later the work he submitted to the Chicago Print Salon was noted by Clarence White and Alfred Stieglitz. This marked the beginning of their working relationship with Steichen. Steichen joined the Linked Ring Brotherhood, a British Photographic Society dedicated to furthering photography as an art form, and later helped found the Secession movement, which opened its own New York gallery, "291". His career covered a wide range of photographic concerns from the artist to the commercial, the ambiguous to the accessible. Whilst mindful of contemporary issues in photography, his work which at times paralleled that of Stieglitz and Kertesz, was also influenced by developments in painting such as Cubism, Futurism and Abstraction. In 1955 he mounted a huge and internationally influential photography exhibition "The Family of Man".

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1994

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

    • Renée Free, AGNSW Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 152 (colour illus.).

    • Barbara Haskell, Edward Steichen, New York, 2000.

    • Editor Unknown (Editor), American Vogue, United States of America, 15 Mar 1931, 84 (illus.).

Other works by Edward Steichen