There is a wonderful new book out to accompany a current traveling exhibition of Edward Steichen's fashion photography, Edward Steichen: In High Fashion (The Conde Nast Years 1923-1937). Steichen is the father of modern fashion photography. He was a student of Alfred Steiglitz, and became the chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair during the 1920s and 30s. He was also curator of The Family of Man, a significant photography exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, the catalogue for which is still in print. The Family of Man is a wonderful collection of images and quotes that illustrate what humankind has in common across the world.
Steichen's black and white fashion photographs in In High Fashion are striking images-- some are portraits of famous people, while others are beautiful examples of fashion and style in the 1920s and 30s. Here are just a few: