Saturday, January 01, 2011

In Memoriam: Alfred Stieglitz

His early photographs of New York City continue to exert an influence over the practice of street photography, and his nudes, so revolutionary in their day, still have the power to awe...

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFor elevating photography to an art form, photographers should be forever grateful to Alfred Stieglitz; in 1902 he co-founded the Photo-Secession movement with Edward Steichen, Gertrude Kasebier, Clarence White and Alvin Langdon Coburn to insist that photography should have its own aesthetic, that 'a photograph should look like a photograph' and not a painting, which was a revolutionary moment in the earliest days of the art form.

In later life, Steiglitz would be better known for his relationship with the much younger Georgia O'Keeffe, the scandal of which was sweetened by their fruitful collaboration as artists.

Alfred Stieglitz was born on this day in 1864.

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