Using a meticulous multiple printing technique, Steichen produced prints of such pictorial seduction that they have never been equalled.
This view of a pond in the woods of Mamaroneck, New York, is subtly coloured like Whistler's Nocturnes, and like them, it is a sonorous poem of twilight, indistinctness and suggestiveness.
Commenting on these paintings in 1910, Charles Caffin wrote in Camera Work, "It is in the twilight, between the clear visibility of things and their total extinction in darkness, when the concreteness of appearances merges with a half-realized, half-disconcerted vision, that the mind seems to disengage itself from matter to envelop it in a mystery of soul-suggestion. See more
About EDWARD STEICHEN
Born in 1879 in Luxembourg and immigrated to the United States at an early age, Edward Steichen quickly showed artistic talent. He naturally oriented himself towards learning the techniques of lithography and photography.
Initially recognized as a pictorialist, from 1902 onwards, he collaborated actively with Alfred Stieglitz in the construction of Photo-Secession, Gallery 291 and Camera Work magazine. See more
Steichen is happy to embrace all the themes and techniques of photography.
The First World War marked a turning point when he joined the photographic service of the American Air Force based in France. Another use, another technique, Steichen adopts a new photographic vision, more precise.
Beyond his remarkable personal production, Edward Steichen remains as a tireless promoter of photography in the 20th century. He is considered one of the most famous photographers in the history of American art.
Edward Steichen died, March 25, 1973, two days shy of his ninety-fourth birthday at his farm in West Redding, Connecticut.