“The great geniuses are those who have kept their childlike spirit and have added to it breadth of vision and experience.” – Alfred Stieglitz
Alfred Stieglitz had a profound influence on modern art in America. He was known not only as a brilliant photographer but also as a gallery owner who championed photography as art. In addition, he used his New York galleries to promote the modernist vision of many great American artists including John Marin, Marsden Hartley, Paul Strand, Arthur Dove, and his wife, Georia O’Keefe. Stieglitz was also was the first gallery owner to show the work of the European avant garde artists including Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso at his famed gallery 291.
The photograph above from the collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of Stieglitz’s Equivalents. These early abstract photographs were intended to represent inner states of emotion through form, texture, shape and line. You can see more of Stieglitz’s Equivalents at The Phillips Collection.
To learn more about Alfred Stieglitz check out this page at The Metropolitan Museum of Art website.
Here are some of the best photography books by Alfred Stieglitz.