Happy Birthday to Edward Steichen. Born today in 1879 (and died in 1973), he has been made famous for his amazing photography. In 1923 Vanity Fair named him "the greatest of living portrait photographers."
"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera."
"When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration."
"The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth."
Charlie Chaplin was a favorite subject of Steichen's:
"You know... that a blank wall is an apalling thing to look at. The wall of a museum - a canvas - a piece of film - or a guy sitting in front of a typewriter. Then, you start out to do something - that vague thing called creation. The beginning strikes awe within you."
"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man."
"Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things."
"Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product."
His portrait- The Pond Moonlight sold for $2.9 million, which became the highest price ever paid for a photograph at auction.