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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Photographer Profile ~ Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz's contribution to the history of photography extends far beyond his photographic work, which he began as a student in Germany in 1883. He influenced generations of photographers, painters, and sculptors both directly and indirectly. In 1905, with Edward Steichen, he founded the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession at 291 Fifth Avenue in New York, which later became known simply as 291 . He elevated photography's status to the level of painting and sculpture through the numerous pioneering exhibitions that he organized.

Stieglitz was a founder of the Photo-Secessionist and Pictorialist photography movements in the United States and promoted them in Camera Notes and Camera Work , the influential journals that he founded and edited. His early photographs were Pictorialist in style. His late work focused in depth on a few subjects, including New York City, the cloud studies that he called "Equivalents," and a portrait series of his wife, the painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Stieglitz worked tirelessly through his efforts as a photographer, collector, curator, writer, and publisher to secure photography's role as a legitimate medium of fine art.

(via Getty Museum)

Stieglitz Self Portrait

Alfred Stieglitz with his Graphlex

 Stieglitz self portrait

“… much has happened in photography that is sensational, but very little that is comparable with what Stieglitz did. The body of his work, the key set – I think – is the most beautiful photographic document of our time.”

~Georgia O’Keeffe 1978

Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe's hands

Winter on 5th Ave NYC
The Terminal , 1892

Two Towers, NYC

1 comment:

  1. Very nice photographs indeed. I love his first self portrait at the top best. But they are all worthy. I am glad I visited this blog.