The family of man (1955)

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Photography Exhibition Curated by Edward Steichen[edit]

The Family of Man was a photography exhibition curated by Edward Steichen. It was first shown in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. According to Steichen, the exhibition represented the "culmination of his career." The exhibition contained 503 photos from 68 countries, and represented 273 photographers (163 Americans). The exhibition was selected from almost 2 million pictures submitted by both famous and unknown photographers worldwide. These photos offer striking snapshots of the human experience and include themes of birth, love, and joy, but also touching war, privation, illness, and death. Steichen's intention was to prove, visually, the universality of human experience and photography's role in its documentation.