Although better known for the celebrity portraits that he made as the chief photographer for Condé Nast’s Vogue and Vanity Fair beginning in 1923, Edward Steichen initially rose to stardom in the first years of the 20th century. After a brief sojourn in Paris, during which he learned the gum bichromate process and other painterly techniques of the French Pictorialist photographers, Steichen settled in New York in 1902. There, as a protégé and collaborator of the influential photographer, publisher, and gallerist Alfred Stieglitz, Steichen was heralded as the exemplar of a new type of photographic artist. Rejecting the style of both professional photographers and amateur “Kodak-ers,” Steichen demonstrated in works such as Trees, Long Island that photographs could rival paintings in their scale, individuality, and expressiveness.

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Edward Steichen, American, born Luxembourg, 1879–1973
Trees, Long Island
1904, printed 1905
Carbon print
Image: 13 3/8 × 13 9/16 in. (34 × 34.4 cm) Sheet: 17 3/8 × 14 1/16 in. (44.1 × 35.7 cm) Mount: 17 3/4 × 14 5/8 in. (45.1 × 37.1 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Long Endowment for American Art and the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Howard Greenberg, Irvington, New York]; purchased by MFAH, 1986.