Edward Steichen
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"Edward Jean Steichen" was a Luxembourgian American photography/photographer, painting/painter, and Art museum/art gallery and museum curator.

Steichen was the most frequently featured photographer in Alfred Stieglitz' groundbreaking magazine Camera Work during its run from 1903 to 1917. Together Stieglitz and Steichen opened the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which eventually became known as 291 (Art Gallery)/291 after its address.

His photos of gowns for the magazine Art et Décoration in 1911 are regarded as the first modern fashion photography/fashion photographs ever published. From 1923 to 1938, Steichen was a photographer for the Condé Nast Publications/Condé Nast magazines Vogue (magazine)/Vogue and Vanity Fair (American magazine 1913–1936)/Vanity Fair while also working for many advertising agencies including JWT/J. Walter Thompson. During these years, Steichen was regarded as the best known and highest paid photographer in the world. In 1944, he directed the war documentary film/documentary The Fighting Lady, which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

After World War II, Steichen was Director of the Department of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art until 1962. While at MoMA, he curated and assembled the exhibit The Family of Man, which was seen by nine million people.

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Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.

A good daguerreotype was as perfect a kind of photograph as was ever made.

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.

The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth.

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.

When I first became interested in photography, I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don't give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.

There is only one optimist. He has been here since man has been on this earth, and that is ''man'' himself. If we hadn't had such a magnificent optimism to carry us through all these things, we wouldn't be here. We have survived it on our optimism.

Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things.

Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants.