Title: The Family of Man. The photographic ...
Publisher: Published for the Museum of Modern Art by Simon and Schuster in collaboration with the Maco Magazine Corporation, New York
Publication Date: 1955
Binding: Illus. 192pp. 4to
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket unclipped, chipped and torn at edges and with a 6 cm. hole on the spine.
Edition: First Edition.
192 printed pages. 503 photographic black & white illustrations. Prologue by Carl Sandburg; introduction by Edward Steichen. Pages evenly toned. 22 x 28.5 cm. Original black cloth-backed, paper covered boards. Upper cover with cubist design and lettering in gilt on white background (two small dents, corners bumped and mild discolouration near the bottom). Complete with original Dust Jacket unclipped, chipped and torn at edges and with a 6 cm. hole on the spine. Photographic monograph for an iconic exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1955. This ambitious exhibition, which brought together hundreds of images by photographers working around the world, was a forthright declaration of global solidarity in the decade following World War II. Organized by noted photographer and director of MoMA’s Department of Photography Edward Steichen, the exhibition took the form of a photo essay celebrating the universal aspects of the human experience. Steichen had invited photographers to submit photographs for consideration, explaining that his aim was to capture “the gamut of life from birth to death”—a task for which, he argued, photography was uniquely suited. The exhibition toured the world for eight years, attracting more than 9 million visitors.