Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs and Writings by Alfred StieglitzBased on the key set of Stieglitz photographs donated by Georgia OKeeffe to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1949 and 1980, this collection is a singular treasure. The selected plates demonstrate the evolution of Stieglitzs photographs and his understanding of the medium. Beginning with early works from the turn of the century, the book includes prints from Stieglitzs renowned series of portraits of OKeeffe as well as later photographs of New York City and Lake George, notable for their eloquent simplicity. Following the section of seventy-three images are selected essays and letters by Stieglitz to friends and fellow artists such as Sherwood Anderson and Ansel Adams. This exquisitely printed volume will be welcomed by Stieglitz devotees and anyone who appreciates the fine art of photography.
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Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, in , and schooled as an engineer in Germany, Alfred Stieglitz returned to New York in determined to prove that photography was a medium as capable of artistic expression as painting or sculpture. As the editor of Camera Notes , the journal of the Camera Club of New York—an association of amateur photography enthusiasts—Stieglitz espoused his belief in the aesthetic potential of the medium and published work by photographers who shared his conviction. When the rank-and-file membership of the Camera Club began to agitate against his restrictive editorial policies, Stieglitz and several like-minded photographers broke away from the group in to form the Photo-Secession , which advocated an emphasis on the craftsmanship involved in photography. Although he took great care in producing his prints, often making platinum prints—a process renowned for yielding images with a rich, subtly varied tonal scale—he achieved the desired affiliation with painting through compositional choices and the use of natural elements like rain, snow, and steam His knowledge of this new kind of art is evident in photographs from these years such as The Steerage Whereas, at the turn of the century, the best method for proving the legitimacy of photography as a creative medium seemed to suggest appropriating the appearance of drawing , prints , or watercolor in finished photographic prints, such practices began to seem wrongheaded by the end of World War I.
Alfred Stieglitz HonFRPS January 1, — July 13, was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. In addition to his photography, Stieglitz was known for the New York art galleries that he ran in the early part of the 20th century, where he introduced many avant-garde European artists to the U. He was married to painter Georgia O'Keeffe. He had five siblings, Flora — , twins Julius — and Leopold — , Agnes — and Selma — Alfred Stieglitz, seeing the close relationship of the twins, wished he had a soul mate of his own during his childhood. The following year, his family began spending the summers at Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains , a tradition that continued into Stieglitz's adulthood. So that he could qualify for admission to the City College of New York , Stieglitz was enrolled in a public school for his junior year of high school, but found the education inadequate.