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A Short History

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg is a tribute to the life and work of Edward Steichen, born in Luxembourg in 1879. The prize honors Steichen's artistic achievements as a photographer and curator, as well as his commitment to advocating the arts and nurturing new talent.

The Award was created in 2004 to mark the 125th anniversary of Edward Steichen's birth in Bivange, Luxembourg.

The official announcement was made by Luxembourg Minister of Culture, Higher Education and Research, Mr François Biltgen, on January 24th, 2005 in Clervaux, coinciding with the anniversary of another remarkable event: the opening of Steichen's milestone exhibition The Family of Man at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, in 1955.

The prize was first awarded in 2005 to Luxembourg artist Su-Mei TSE.

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg is conceived as a cross-cultural, artistical and educational bridge between Luxembourg and New York, the city that would become the home of Edward Steichen.

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg association (ESAL) is a non-profit organization.

Board Members

Françoise Poos, Chairman
Christian Biever
Michel Franck
Brigitte Goergen (treasurer)
Claudine Hemmer
Gosia Nowara
Florence Reckinger-Taddeï
Anke Reitz
Anouk Wies
Hubert Wurth

Founding Members

ESAL was founded in 2004 by:

Jean Back
Anny Bastian
Marc Bichler
Arlette Conzemius
Guy Dockendorf
Georges Faber
Jean-Marc Hoscheit
Jean Hoss
Joseph Kinsch
Rosch Krieps
Fernand Lamesch
Ray Learsy
Jacques Lennon
Jean Petit
Georges Santer
Jean-Paul Senninger
Hubert Wurth

The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg has been granted the patronage of HRH The Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg since the inception of the prize. The Award is also supported by the family of the artist, i.e. his grand-daughters, Francesca Calderone-Steichen and Maria Steichen-Calderone, as well as his great-grand-daughter Ariana Rodina Calderone Stahmer. We are proud to count the family representatives as honorary members of the Edward Steichen Award asbl.

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