(In this volume appears the best of Ralph Steiner's work o...)
In this volume appears the best of Ralph Steiner's work of over fifty years. In addition to the photographs and some technical comments on the personal darkroom techniques of Stieglitz and Steichen, the book includes an extensive autobiographical essay in which many of Steiner's well-known contemporaries figure prominently.
Ralph Steiner received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1921. He also attended the Clarence H. White School of Photography in New York City in 1922.
Ralph Steiner was employed as a photographer at Ruder & Finn, Inc. (1960-1962) and was director of advertising at Strong, Cobb, Amer (1962-1964). He was also the editor of the Sunday Photographic Section of the newspaper P.M. (1939-1941). Steiner's still photographs are notable for their odd angles, abstraction, and sometimes bizarre subject matter.
Working as a cameraman, Ralph Steiner was involved with the film series The foy of Seeing, 1967, and the films Surf and Seaweed, 1931, Pie in the Sky, 1934, The Plow that Broke the Plains, 1935, The City, 1939, and H20, an abstract study of the patterns of light and shadow on the water, in 1929. His experimental films, however, are considered central to the literature of early American avant-garde cinema, and the influence of Ralph Steiner's visual style continues to assert itself.