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Alfred Stieglitz  

b. 1864 Hoboken, New Jersey, d. 1946 New York City
photographer; editor; publisher

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Alfred Stieglitz's contribution to the history of photography extends far beyond his photographic work, which he began as a student in Germany in 1883. He influenced generations of photographers, painters, and sculptors both directly and indirectly. In 1905, with Edward Steichen, he founded the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession at 291 Fifth Avenue in New York, which later became known simply as 291 . He elevated photography's status to the level of painting and sculpture through the numerous pioneering exhibitions that he organized.

Stieglitz was a founder of the Photo-Secessionist and Pictorialist photography movements in the United States and promoted them in Camera Notes and Camera Work , the influential journals that he founded and edited. His early photographs were Pictorialist in style. His late work focused in depth on a few subjects, including New York City, the cloud studies that he called "Equivalents," and a portrait series of his wife, the painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Stieglitz worked tirelessly through his efforts as a photographer, collector, curator, writer, and publisher to secure photography's role as a legitimate medium of fine art.

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Dorothy True / Stieglitz
Dorothy True

American, 1919

Georgia O'Keeffe / Stieglitz
Georgia O'Keeffe

American, New York City, 1919

Georgia O'Keeffe / Stieglitz
Georgia O'Keeffe

American, 1919

Music: Cloud / Stieglitz
Music: Cloud

American, 1922

Songs of the Sky #2 / Stieglitz
Songs of the Sky #2

American, 1923