During my stay in the Netherlands I paid a visit to Foam Museum in Amsterdam. This museum exhibits work of famous photographers as well as upcoming artists. It's always a joy to go there and be inspired. This time was even more special, because I met up with two other students of OCA! It was so nice to talk about our studies and photography. I look back on a very inspiring day all in all.
The main exhibition was 'Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923 - 1937'. It showed Steichen's work that he made for Vogue and Vanity Fair in the 20s and 30s and portraits of celebrities, for example Winston Churchill, Greta Garbo and George Gershwin.
Besides the beauty of the photographs, the people and clothes they were wearing, I was really surprised at how the ways in which lighting, use of props and backgrounds, position and framing of the model were used were very different in almost every image. But still every image was very recognizable as being made by Steichen. It was also interesting to see how Steichen's work was influenced by Art Nouveau and becomes more and more glamorous throughout the years.
Steichen was a true all-round photographer and pioneer in the history of photography. The exhibition didn't show a lot of his other work, but already his biography was very inspiring and showed that it's not necessary to choose one specific style or subject to work in, or hold on to one way of working, but that one can have an identifiable signature in lots of different types of photography anyway. Also that different styles and types of photography can be transferred to others photographic genres. I like this kind of open-mindedness in working and creating one's own style. It doesn't have to be bound by self inflicted rules or regulations or ways on how to do things. It doesn't make it easier though, it challenges to keep on exploring and learning.
As I'm still working on my basic skills and understanding of photography, I feel very eager to become better on all these different aspects of photography and become a true all rounder. Steichen is a good example to follow!