- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Anniversary edition (November 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633450015
- ISBN-13: 978-1633450011
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 128 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Edward Steichen was an American photographer, painter, designer, and curator. Born in 1879, Steichen emigrated from Luxembourg to the United States with his family in 1881. Steichen began as a self-taught photographer and gained recognition after his work was discovered by photographers Clarence H. White and Alfred Stieglitz. Steichen’s work was often featured in Stieglitz’s influential magazine Camera Work. In 1947, Steichen became the director of MoMA’s photography department. Undoubtedly his most influential and popular exhibition as director was the 1955 show The Family of Man. Presenting what Steichen referred to as a “collective portrait” of humanity, the exhibition featured 503 photographs from 68 countries, 273 of which were taken by amateur photographers.
Carl Sandburg was an American writer, poet, and editor. He was the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes: one for a biography of Abraham Lincoln and two additional for his poetry. Hailed as a poet whose work connected to a plurality of experiences, Sandburg provided a prologue well suited for Steichen’s universalizing photo narrative.
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I have read this book oever and over again, first using the one published by a newspaper publishing outfit;and bought copies for my children and my aged grandfather. Since the MMA republished it, all my grandchildren are getting a copy as birthday presents. The meaning of each photograph is easily understood by all cultures, and is a timeless portrayal of life from love, birth, living life and eventually, death.
special to me.
The Family of Man show sparked my passion for capturing photos of people and their gestures and humanity is wildly varied conditions around the world.
(A photographer during all the intervening years.)