Alfred Stieglitz

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Phaidon, Sep 26, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 128 pages
A Beautiful Monograph Illuminating the Iconic Images of one ofthe Most Central and Influential Photographers of the Twentieth Century.Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was a key figure in America's acceptance ofphotography as a serious form of artistic expression. As founder of thePhoto Secession movement and editor of the influential Camera Work, he isone of the most important cultural forces in twentieth-century America. His work bridges the gap between the self-consciously aestheticPictorialist photography at the turn of the century, and the more preciselydescriptive 'straight' photography of the 1920s and 1930s. ALFRED STIEGLITZ by Graham Clarke, is an illustrated overview of the workof this legendary photographer.This beautiful and affordable monographprovides the perfect introduction to the work of a major force in theAmerican modernist movement through a chronological sequence of 55 blackand white images, including iconic images, such as The Steerage (1907), aswell as lesser-known work.The accompanying text by Professor Clarkeprovides a fresh perspective on Stieglitz's life and work, placing himwithin the cultural context of his time and within the history ofphotography.With a career straddling two centuries, Stieglitz's work bridges differentphotographic styles. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, but studied inGermany, where he was first drawn to photography, and in the 1880s hetraveled around Europe taking pictures.On his return to New York in 1889he began exhibiting his own work and writing on photography.However, hesoon came to reject retouching and other forms of manipulation. His workevolved progressively towards the ideal of 'pure' photography.He stated'My aim is increasingly to make my photographs look so much likephotographs that unless one has eyes and sees, they won't be seen - andstill everyone will never forget having once looked at them.' He was a major figure in the modernist movement in the New York of the1900s and, through his galleries and publications, played a crucial part inthe development of both American art and photography.Stieglitz promoted,published, and exhibited much of the best photography of the period in hisrole as editor of the now legendary magazine Camera Work, and through hisgalleries.He is also wrote extensively on photography throughout hiscareer.

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