A new online educational platform for Edward Steichen's collection 'The Family of Man'
The seminal photographic exhibition "The Family of Man" is part of the Steichen Collections looked after by the Centre national de l'audiovisuel (CNA). Since we consider that initiation to both knowledge and use of media is a major asset for our audiences from an early age, training and education are of great importance to us here at the CNA. Anxious to provide offers and tools for its various target audiences, the CNA is expanding its educational offer with a pedagogical online platform dedicated to the historic Edward Steichen exhibition, permanently presented at Clervaux Castle in Luxembourg.
A legendary collection in the history of photography and inscribed in UNESCO's Memory of the World, "The Family of Man" is made up of 503 images by 273 photographers from 68 different countries. First exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) in 1955, the collection was bequeathed to the Grand Duchy in the 1960s after a successful international tour.
The Family of Man addresses many different audiences. This platform dedicated to the exhibition is made for teaching and is meant to provide educational resources for the visit of the exhibition. These are composed of historical texts that introduce Edward Steichen and his work, give the context and some interpretation keys to the exhibition, and propose a wide range of activities that can be done before, during or after the visit. The resources on this platform are interactive, multidisciplinary and made for various levels of students. Some of them explain the exhibition in order to develop a better understanding, others use the collection to talk about different topics, either artistic, technical, social or historical. The registration is free but mandatory to access all material and activities.