Edward Steichen was 93 when he died; that long productive lifespan bequeathed us with a diverse legacy of photographs that defy easy classification.
â€œDid he excel in all his photographic ventures â€“ in â€˜pureâ€™ art, fashion and advertising, portraiture, nature, combat, even as a powerful director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York â€“ or did he become a brand name, famous for being famous?â€ asks Alan Riding of the New York Times.
Riding, in his article, examines the life and photographs of Steichen in connection with a retrospective at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, Steichen: Lives in Photography.â€
The show, organized by the MusÃ©e de lâ€™Ã‰lysÃ©e in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography in Minneapolis, will continue through December 30, 2007.
Photo: Estate of Edward Steichen