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April 11, 2008 – September 1, 2008
Museum: Portrait Gallery
Location: 2nd Floor, North Side
This exhibition, drawn exclusively from the National Portrait Gallery's collection of Steichen's photographs, features 50 images from the years of his association with Vanity Fair as well as examples of Steichen's earlier portrait work. As chief photographer from 1923-36 for Vanity Fair, he used dramatic lighting, sharpened focus, and bold compositions to create compelling images of many celebrated personalities -- from Charlie Chaplin to Franklin D. Roosevelt -- setting a new standard for photographic portraitures.
See related article in Smithsonian magazine: May 2008, p. 43.