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The beautiful people: Edward Steichen’s portraits at the AGO

May 20, 2009

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Modern celebrity may last only as long as a camera flash, but Edward Steichen’s photographs are timeless. A famous painter, fine arts and fashion photographer himself, he took pictures of the day’s most famous entertainers and intellectuals, sports figures and politicians.

Over 200 photos will be showcased at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) from October 3 to January 3, 2010 in a show titled In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937. The travelling exhibition displays photographs never seen outside the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair – the Condé Nast magazines for which he was the chief photographer.

His society and celebrity portraits capture the sophisticated glamour of the 1920s and ‘30s. Portraits include those of actors like Katherine Hepburn and Gary Cooper; writers W.B. Yeats and Sinclair Lewis; boxer Jack Dempsey and state leaders Winston Churchill and Herbert Hoover.

 Image credit: Edward Steichen (American, 1894-1933), “Black”: Model Margaret Horan in a black dress by Jay-Thorpe, 1935. Courtesy Condé Nast Archive, New York © 1935 Condé Nast Publications

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  1. Scott permalink
    May 21, 2009 9:43 am

    Wow, sounds like a fascinating event!

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