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18 vintage gelatin silver prints made under Edward Steichen's direction during WWII. Prints stamped on verso with credit/copyright info and short descriptions (in classic, wartime prose). Scenes include natives in the South Pacific watch as the Navy assembles a plane among the palm trees; aircraft carriers await orders at sunset; a signal man instructs others in semaphore; and a young, handsome crewman reads a letter from home. All read "OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRAPH." Also included is a 30-page photographic souvenir book entitled "Our Gallant Navy."

Steichen was Director of the Naval Photographic Institute during WWII and he hand-picked a team of important photographers to document naval operations. Traces of the fashion photographer, ad man, fine artist, and patriot show up in the photographs made by Steichen and his photographic team. Peter Galassi, curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, says that in choosing what to photograph, Steichen “was selecting for really good advertisements.” None of the WWII naval photographers were given credit by name, and so this group of prints bear general “US Navy” credit stamps on the verso.

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Official U.S. Navy Photographs From WWII, and "OUR Gallant NAVY"
Official U.S. Navy Photographs From WWII, and "OUR Gallant NAVY"
Official U.S. Navy Photographs From WWII, and "OUR Gallant NAVY"
Official U.S. Navy Photographs From WWII, and "OUR Gallant NAVY"
U.S. Navy Official U.S. Navy Photographs From WWII, and "OUR Gallant NAVY"

Price $1,200

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Official U.S. Navy Photographs From WWII, and "OUR Gallant NAVY"
Official U.S. Navy Photographs From WWII, and "OUR Gallant NAVY"
Official U.S. Navy Photographs From WWII, and "OUR Gallant NAVY"
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Ref.# 8635

Medium Vintage Gelatin Silver Prints

Photo Date 1942  Print Date 1942

Dimensions 8 x 10 in. (203 x 254 mm)

Photo Country United States (USA)

Photographer Country United States (USA)

Contact

Charles Schwartz

Email cms@cs-photo.com

Phone 1-212-534-4496

Company
Charles Schwartz Ltd.

 

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