Art: The Ornery & the Holy

Can photography rub shoulders with painting and sculpture as a fine art? Master U.S. Photographer Edward Steichen has never doubted it.* His main job nowadays is planning exhibits of camera craft for Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art, and every year since 1947 he has mounted shows to prove his point. Steichen's latest demonstration: his selection of 187 of the best pictures that have appeared in LIFE in the past 15 years.

Steichen makes one of his main points quickly: a picture sequence can often add up to much more than the sum of its component...

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