The Steichen Collections at CNA

The Family of Man and The Bitter Years are part of the Steichen Collections of the Centre national de l’audio-visuel (CNA).

The collection consists of Edward Steichen’s two key exhibitions from his time as an exhibition curator for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York that were bequeathed to his native country Luxembourg in the 1960s.

Entirely restored, comprising pictures by the most renowned photographers, they bear witness to two key periods of the last century and form two of the most iconic ensembles of the humanist and documentary photography of the 20th century.

Today, the collection The Family of Man is exhibited permanently at Clervaux Castle while the collection The Bitter Years is undergoing extensive surveying by an expert in preparation of future adventures. 

For a biography of the artist, curator and experimentator Edward Steichen, please visit www.steichencollections.lu.  


The Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA) was created in 1989, its main missions being to conserve and honour the national photography, film and sound heritage from Luxembourg.

Since its creation, the institute actively collects and archives film, photography and sound documents from a broad range of origins.

Today, the photography collection comprises over four hundred thousand documents and testifies to the richness of past and contemporary photographic practices and image creation in Luxembourg.