Edward Steichen had an extremely diverse career in the arts as a photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. He began as an artist at the age of 15. In his day, Steichen was considered as the best known and highest paid photographer in the world.

He is often considered to be the first modern fashion photographer and set the style for many shooting for Vogue magazine. He also shot for Vanity Fair and many advertising agencies.

But he didn’t stop there. He directed a war documentary called The Fighting Lady, which won the 1945 Academy Award. He served as the Director of the Department of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His career culminated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Lyndon Johnson.

He is truly a fascinating man and you should hear his story and views in his own words.