Portrait of Greta Garbo for Vanity Fair
artist: Edward Steichen
16 5/8" x 13 1/2"
vintage gelatin silver print
on verso of print, stamped in ink, "Photograph by Edward
Steichen/Printed from the original negative" and various
notations in pencil.
"On the Art of Fixing A Shadow: 150 Years of Photography"
May 7, 1989- February 25, 1990
The Richard Sandor Collection
Traveling show organized by
the National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art May
7-July 30, 1989
Art Institute of Chicago September 16-November 26, 1989
Los Angeles County Museum of Art December 21, 1989-February 25,
**credited in exhibition catalogue
Steichen on photographing Greta Garbo:
Garbo came in off the set. The director says now you only have
five minutes. I said alright, so I had a kitchen chair there
for her to sit on. I draped my black cloth all over the back
and I asked her to sit on that chair. She sat on the chair and
like a good sport, she straddled the chair, leaning her arms
on the back facing me. And then I started to photograph. She
would turn her head this way and shake her head in this way.
And this wasn't the Garbo I was interested in. This was the
regular Hollywood Garbo. So I said it's too bad we have to photograph
all these things with the hairdo you're wearing, this Hollywood
hairdo. She said, oh, this hair-she put her hand up to her head
and brushed them back, "Now let's make a photograph of
that." Good sport again that she was, she went into it
and those are the only pictures I ever used of Greta Garbo.
Masters of Photography: Edward
Steichen, ©1989 Camera Three Productions, Inc.