The Early Years
Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was one of the most influential figures in the history of photography. The Early Years, in MoPA's Atrium gallery, is from a 1981 Aperture portfolio from MoPA's permanent collection that consists of Steichen's signature soft-focus, moody studies of light, landscape, and form. Steichen's beautifully toned landscapes, sensual nudes and still life's, and psychological portraits are a dazzling visual record of his emergence as a major talent.
Steichen paved the way in photography, graphic design, and the decorative arts in the 1920s and 1930s because he captured the energy and innovation of his day, working as he did with "a designer's eye, a poet's sensibility, and an entrepreneur's charisma," wrote Steichen scholar Joel Smith.