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August 23, 2015

20 Extraordinary Celebrity Portraits Taken by Edward Steichen From Between the 1920s and 1930s

Born in 1879 in Luxembourg, Edward Steichen came with his family to the United States in 1881 and started in photography at age 16, when the medium itself was still young. In 1900, a critic reviewing some of his portraits wrote admiringly that Steichen "is not satisfied showing us how a person looks, but how he thinks a person should look."

"Steichen was a perfectionist," says Howard Schatz, a fashion photographer whose portraits of actors appear in Vanity Fair. "His precise eye for lighting and design makes his pictures from the '20s and '30s, though clearly of their time, still much admired by fashion photographers today."

Model Dinarzade in a Dress by Poiret, 1924

Actress Clara Bow for Vanity Fair, 1928

Actress Gloria Swanson, 1924

Dancers Leonore Hughes and Maurice Mouvet, 1924

Actress Pola Negri, 1925

Tamaris with a large Art Deco scarf, 1925

Model wearing a black tulle headdress by Suzanne Talbot and a brocade coat with black fox collar, 1925

Actor Gary Cooper, 1930

Marion Morehouse and unidentified model wearing dresses by Vionnet, 1930

Model Dorothy Smart wearing a black velvet hat by Madame Agnès, 1926

Marlene Dietrich, 1934

Greta Garbo, 1929

Actress Joan Crawford in a dress by Schiaparelli, 1932

White (center Gwili André), 1935

On George Baher’s yacht. June Cox wearing unidentified fashion; E. Vogt wearing fashion by Chanel and a hat by Reboux; Lee Miller wearing a dress by Mae and Hattie Green and a scarf by Chanel; Hanna-Lee Sherman wearing unidentified fashion, 1928.

Actress Mary Heberden, 1935

Charlie Chaplin, 1934

Lee Miller, 1928

Actress Claire Luce, 1928



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