History of Photography

Introduction History of Photography (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

A World History of Photography (by Naomi Rosenblum)

The Story Behind the Pictures 1827-1991 (by Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Photographers' Dictionary
(based on "20th Century Photography - Museum Ludwig Cologne")



Photographers' Dictionary

(based on "20th Century Photography-Museum Ludwig Cologne")





(b Luxembourg, 27 March 1879; d West Redding, CT, 25 March 1973).

American photographer, painter, designer and curator of Luxembourgeois birth. Steichen emigrated to the USA in 1881 and grew up in Hancock, MI, and Milwaukee, WI. His formal schooling ended when he was 15, but he developed an interest in art and photography. He used his self-taught photographic skills in design projects undertaken as an apprentice at a Milwaukee lithography firm. The Pool-evening (1899; New York, MOMA) reflects his early awareness of the Impressionists, especially Claude Monet, and American Symbolist photographers such as Clarence H. White. While still in Milwaukee, his work came to the attention of White, who provided an introduction to Alfred Stieglitz; Stieglitz was impressed by Steichen’s work and bought three of his photographs.


Self Portrait


Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1932


Joan Crawford, 1932


Modeaufnahme, 1935


Colette, 1935


Gloria Swanson


The Flatiron


Greta Garbo


Greta Garbo, Hollywood, 1928


Marlene Dietrich


Anna May Wong


Isadora Duncan at the Portal of the Parthenon, Athens, 1920


Princess Irina Alexandrovna Jusupov, ca. 1924


Loretta Young, 1928


Adolphe Menjou, 1935


Lois Moran, 1926


Heavy Roses


Lotus, Mount Kisco, New York


Time-Space Continuum
c. 1920


Milk Bottles: Spring
New York, 1915


The Maypole


Woods Interior


George Washington Bridge, New York, 1931


Self-Portrait, Milwaukee


Midnight - Rodin's Balzac


Henri Matisse and "The Serpentine"
c. 1909


Triumph of the Egg


Moonrise, Mamaronek, New York, 1904


Gary Cooper, Hollywood, 1930


Alfred Stieglitz , 1915


Wheelbarrow with flower pots
France, 1920


Balzac Toward the Light, Midnight, 1908


Rodin—The Eve, 1907


After Attack, 1918


Rodin—Le Penseur


 Lenore Ulric , 1932


Norma Shearer


Norma Shearer










White, 1935


Portrait of Miss Sawyer , c. 1914


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