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Moholy-Nagy, László (20 July 1895–24 November 1946), artist, was born László Weisz in Bácsborsod, a small village in southern Hungary, the son of Lipót Weisz, who was probably a wheat farmer, and Karolina Stern. His father abandoned the family and went to the United States in 1897. After the father’s disappearance, László’s mother moved him and his younger brother first to nearby Ada and then to the town of Mohol (now in Yugoslavia). By 1905 he was attending a Gymnasium in Szeged (at the time the second largest city in Hungary) and living with his maternal uncle Dr. Gusztav Nagy, a lawyer whose last name he adopted. Although born Jewish, he was raised a Calvinist. He drew and painted from the time he was six or seven, but as an adolescent he expressed his creative tendencies through writing poems and short stories, several of which were published in magazines and newspapers in Szeged. In 1913 he graduated from college preparatory high school and moved to Budapest, where he enrolled in law school at Magyar Királyi Tudományegyetem, the Royal Hungarian University of Sciences....


Edward Steichen. Standing on an aircraft carrier, c. 1942–1945. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-100598).


Steichen, Edward (27 March 1879–25 March 1973), photographer and curator of museum exhibitions, was born Edouard Jean Steichen in Luxembourg, the son of Jean-Pierre Steichen, a copper miner, and Marie Kemp, a milliner. The family immigrated to Milwaukee in 1881. Edward Steichen began his distinguished career with an apprenticeship (1894–1898) at the Milwaukee American Fine Art Company, where he learned lithography and the basics of design. At the same time, with encouragement from his mother, he studied painting at the Milwaukee Art Students League....