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The art of seeing : photographs from the Alfred Stieglitz collection

Author: Weston J Naef; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978.
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This amazing photographic collection, now owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was the result of Alfred Stieglitz's activity between 1894 and 1911. He obtained most of his photographs when he was editor first of "Camera Notes" (1897-1902) and later of "Camera Work" (1902-1917). Between 1907 and 1917, when he met Georgia O'Keeffe (whom he married in 1924), Stieglitz entered a new phase of his artistic life, which  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.).
Art of seeing.
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1978
(OCoLC)778083901
Named Person: Alfred Stieglitz; Alfred Stieglitz
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Weston J Naef; Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
OCLC Number: 4312488
Description: 64 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Responsibility: Weston J. Naef.

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This amazing photographic collection, now owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was the result of Alfred Stieglitz's activity between 1894 and 1911. He obtained most of his photographs when he was editor first of "Camera Notes" (1897-1902) and later of "Camera Work" (1902-1917). Between 1907 and 1917, when he met Georgia O'Keeffe (whom he married in 1924), Stieglitz entered a new phase of his artistic life, which was in many ways reflected in the photographs he had so resolutely assembled. The collection of Alfred Stieglitz had, in the words of Georgia O'Keeffe, "begun to collect him." More significantly, the photographs, many of which were soft focus and painterly, came to represent a visual mode that he eventually repudiated in his own work of the 1920s. The scope of the collection is remarkable, and it was not assembled with great rationale, but exhibits a pattern of random, often spontaneous acquisition. Not all of the photographs belonging to Stieglitz were visually strong or historically significant, nor was every photographer equally accomplished. For these reasons, his collection presents a wide spectrum of the work produced during the formative decades of artistic photography in Europe and America, and is a touchstone for modern photography's nascent years, from 1894 through 1910.

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