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Georgia O'Keeffe: A Portrait - Hands
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© J. Paul Getty Trust

Alfred Stieglitz
American, 1918
Palladium print
9 9/16 x 7 5/8 in.
91.XM.63.6

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"My hands had always been admired…but I never though much about it," recalled Georgia O'Keeffe when she looked at this photograph some sixty years after it was made. As part of the consuming passion for O'Keeffe that drove Alfred Stieglitz to leave his first wife and child, he conducted a great love affair with her hands through his camera. From the very beginning of their relationship, Stieglitz photographed O'Keeffe, eventually produced a cumulative portrait of more than 325 photographs.

Here photographed so that only her hands are visible, the dynamism of her gesture evokes the rhythms of music and dance as well as the abstract, biomorphic shapes of O'Keeffe's own drawings and paintings.