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Edward Jean Steichen (1879 – 1973) was an American photographer, painter and museum curator.

He started his career officially as a painter then, when he went to New York to show his works to Stieglitz -who really appreciated his talent- he came back to France and he abandoned his painting studies at the Académie Julian.  He started to focus his work on photography; once back in New York he rented a studio at 291 Fifth Avenue, that became the meeting place of “Photo-Secession”, the loose-knit group of photographers he exhibited, published, and promoted.

He was a photographer for the Condé Nast magazines Vogue and Vanity Fair from 1923 to 1938 and he directed the war documentary The Fighting Lady, which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

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