Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Steichen, une épopée photographique

Steichen, une épopée photographique at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. (fr) Also... Steichen Reconsidered in All His Exposures (NY Times, October 17, 2007). "...When artists constantly reinvent themselves, they may be admired for their virtuosity, but they also risk being tagged as dilettantes. Surely, the argument goes, great artists should aspire to depth, not breadth. If they believe fervently in something one moment, how can they turn away from it the next?
It is a question that continues to haunt Edward Steichen’s reputation long after his death at 93 in 1973. He was recognized in his lifetime as one of the great photographers of the 20th century, yet with his penchant for changing directions and playing multiple roles, he bequeathed too many Steichens for easy classification."


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