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These works were critical in advancing photography into a fine art form. Steichen, himself, considered his 1955 exhibition The Family of Man to be his greatest achievement. The Family of Man was a collection of 503 photographs from various parts of the world. During the years at the Museum of Modern Art Steichen was not dedicated to his photography...
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However, after 1955 he recommitted himself using only color film. The first image that I chose by Steichen is The Pond Moonlight (Figure 1) taken in 1904 in Mamaronek, NY near the home of his friend Charles Caffin. This photo shows a beautiful pond with a wooded area across the pond. The moonlight appears just on the horizon in between two trees...
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