From her book “Steichen’s Legacy”
We received a very nice tribute notice from the Howard Greenberg Gallery on the passing of their special friend of many years, Joanna Steichen, wife of the famed photographer. Their notice is reproduced in part below:
It is with great sadness that we send this release about Joanna Steichen. She was an extraordinary woman.
Joanna Taub Steichen, 77, psychotherapist and writer, who became the editor, curator and manager of the work of her late husband, the eminent photographer Edward Steichen, died accidentally after a fall in the swimming pool at her summer home in Montauk, New York on July 24, 2010.
Joanna Taub was born in Greenpoint Brooklyn in 1933, educated at St. Agnes Episcopal School for Girls in Albany and graduated from Smith College in 1954. Her first job after graduation was as a copywriter for Young & Rubicam in NYC where she was introduced to world-renowned photographer Edward Steichen by his brother-in-law, the poet Carl Sandburg. The infatuation was instant and mutual.
In 1960, they married. She was 27. He was 80. After her husband’s death in 1973, Mrs. Steichen earned a masters degree in social work from Columbia University and spent her professional life as a psychotherapist in private practice.
Joanna Steichen was the guardian and gatekeeper of Steichen’s work and his legacy. In 1979, the centenary of Steichen’s birth, she announced an initial gift of 5,000 negatives and prints to the George Eastman House, even though Steichen had been the first director of the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art and creator there of the most successful photography exhibit in history, The Family of Man.
We appreciate her support for the arts, as well as her charity work …