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569 | The Family of Man
 - An Exhibition of Creative Photography, Dedicated to the Dignity of Man

The Family of Man

Jan 26 - May 8, 1955, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Curator: Edward Steichen (1879 - 1973)
The full title of the exhibition on the invitation reads: "The Family of Man - An Exhibition of creative Photography, dedicated to the dignity of man, conceived and executed by Edward Steichen."

The exhibition did show in 42 sections 506 photographs of 260 photographers, according to the checklist. After New York the show toured for 8 years through 37 countries, in different versions, seen by nearly 9 million people.
Commenting on the show, Mr. Steichen says: Photographers all over the world have made this exhibition possible. They have photographed the everyday story of man - his aspirations, his hopes, his loves, his foibles, his greatness, his cruelty his compassion, his relations to his fellow man as it is seen in him wherever he happens to live, whatever language he happens to speak, whatever clothes he happens to wear.
Edward Steichen was lauded for his show as well as criticized in 1955 as well as in the many years after. Just 10 years after the end of World War II his selection for 'The family of Man' followed a wide scope of images, ranging from artistic to journalistic photography, being a 'universal language' for a universal scheme.
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The exhibition was reinstalled 1994 at Château Clervaux in Luxembourg.