Edward Steichen

The Family of Man photography exhibit was curated by Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955; it included 503 photographs from around the world, organized by universal human themes such as love and death.

My parents had a copy of the Family of Man book when I was a child, and I loved looking at the photographs. The book piqued my interest in photography and geography, and a lifelong love of both. Edward Steichen had an amazing eye, both as a photographer and a curator. These are a few of his photos that I really like.

Beth Merrill, 1928.

Photo courtesy Minneapolis Museum of Art

Inspection of personnel aboard a U.S. submarine at New London submarine base, Connecticut, 1943.

Courtesy Library of Congress

George Gershwin, 1927.

Courtesy Library of Congress/Vanity Fair

Model fashion, 1930.

Courtesy Galerie Clairfontaine

Lila Dimita, 1928.

Photo courtesy Minneapolis Museum of Art

Evening shoes by Vida Moore, 1927.

Image courtesy Smithsonian Institute/Condé Nast Archive, New York © Condé Nast Publications

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