Photographers We Love 1: Albert Stieglitz

Venetian Canal (1894) by Alfred Stieglitz

Winter – Fifth Avenue (1893) by Alfred Stieglitz

2 Quotes. Something to ponder.

The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art.
In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.  Alfred Stieglitz (1864 - 1946)

A couple of notes

  • Stieglitz's early style emphasises the soft, ephemeral, natural processes like fog, clouds, water, snow, steam which cloak the monumental architectural forms, speed and people of his home town New York.  
  • Beautiful delicacy of tone and composition are classic to balance the romanticism of mood. 
  •  There is a strong dramatic tension in his New York photos which is absent from the Venice photo, possibly reflecting his less emotionally ambivalent relationship to the old european world.

ps. We also love him cos he was married to Georgia O'Keefe.

The PBS American Masters series on Alfred Stieglitz below

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