Considered one of the fathers of photography, Edward Steichen was born in Luxembourg and emigrated to the United States as a child. He divided his artistic interests between photography and painting, often contaminating one with the other. After a long collaboration with Alfred Stiegler, with whom he published the magazine Camera Work, he commanded the Photographic Section of the American Air Force during the First World War. After the war he devoted himself exclusively to photography. As director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he collected and selected over three years more than 2 million photographs from all over the world for the exhibition The family of man.

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