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Image of Edward Steichen

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Edward Steichen


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2009.0009.0013

Credit Line: Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs. Yousuf Karsh in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Edward Steichen (1879–1973) In 1905, Steichen and Alfred Steiglitz established the Little Galleries of the Photo-Session and he assisted with Camera Work, Steiglitz’s influential periodical. Between the world the wars, he was photography director for Conde Nast. He became director of the photography department of the Museum of Modern Art in 1947 and in 1955 organized The Family of Man, a mammoth exhibition of 508 photos from 68 countries. Karsh made his first portrait of Steichen during World War II and published it in his first book, Faces of Destiny (1946). Karsh admired Steichen and portrayed him several times in his old age.

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