Edward Steichen

Year inducted: 2004
1883-1962
Photographer

In 1898 Edward Steichen organized and became the first president of the Milwaukee Art Students’ League. Initially a painter, he became Wisconsin's foremost internationally recognized photographer. Early exposure and recognition came through association with Alfred Steiglitz in New York, however, Steichen became an internationally known photographer in his own right through his classic fashion and celebrity photos. He served as Director of Photography for the US military during WWII, and in 1947 he became the director of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1955 he organized and toured the highly successful exhibit, The Family of Man”, which contained hundreds of images from photographers from around the world

Works by Edward Steichen