Edward Steichen

Photographer. An eye into the early 20th century. Fashion, personalities, architecture, urban living, bodies, light, shadows.

This is an absolutely phenomenal portrait of Gloria Swanson in 1924. In 1924, Swanson was one of the highest paid, popular silent stars. She had gone from being barely a girl without experience to the queen of the studios. She is absolutely brilliant in Sunset Boulevard.

This is a very young Gary Cooper–1930. This is the year he made The Virginian, The Spoilers, and Morocco… if he wasn’t a star before these three films, he certainly was after they came out. And he was one sexy actor.

This I’ve never seen before, but it is a perfectly portrait of Lillian Gish in 1934, years after her silent stardom had waned. Gish is a hero of mine. The eyes, the mouth, the hands–this is a woman without vanity and one ton of character. Damn, she’s beautiful.


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