Edward Steichen is best known (at least to me) as being one of the main photographers for Vogue and Vanity Fair during the late 1920s and 1930s. He made a name for himself as a war photographer during World War 1 and between the wars became one of the best paid and well-known fashion photographers. In World War 2 he served as Director of the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit and these are some of the photographs he took whilst onboard the USS Lexington in 1943.
The photos are a fascinating insight into life onboard a naval ship during WW2 but also almost look like movie stills because the photography is so beautiful.
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