Edward Steichen’s “The Maypole (Empire State Building)”

Edward Steichen was born on this day in 1879. In addition to being a photographer himself, Steichen was Director of MoMA’s Department of Photography and curated the museum’s popular exhibition The Family of Man. Steichen took this photo of the Empire State Building a year after its construction ended, and used two separate negatives to create the photograph’s dizzying effect.

[Edward Steichen. The Maypole (Empire State Building). 1932. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the photographer. © 2017 The Estate of Edward Steichen/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.]



During the month of March, LIFE will be celebrating the great women who photographed for the magazine. Along with photos in the feed, we will also feature stories with iconic and rarely seen photos. Next up is Martha Holmes – she was a regular contributor to the magazine for over 40 years. She is pictured here on assignment in 1949. Check out Instagram stories for more on the great Martha Holmes. (George Cardoza—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #photographers #MarthaHolmes #WomensHistoryMonth

Photographer Martha Holmes