Alfred Stieglitz – Photos and Artwork

About Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz was an influential American photographer, publisher, and advocate for Modernist art. He played a pivotal role in promoting photography as an art form and championed its value in America. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1864, Stieglitz made unparalleled contributions to bringing modern art to America and supported young American modernist painters.

Stieglitz believed that photography was more than just a tool for documentation or capturing moments. He saw it as a means of artistic expression- one which deserved recognition beyond its utilitarian purpose. In fact, he is credited with establishing photography’s status as fine art in America.

As an advocate for Modernist art, Stieglitz established ‘291,’ also known as Little Galleries- an innovative space aimed at exhibiting avant-garde artists and instilling new ideas into the public consciousness. Alongside Clarence H. White, he also founded the Photo-Secessionist movement – comprised of photographers who sought to elevate their craft through creative expression rather than commercial use.

One of his most famous works is the photograph ‘The Steerage,’ a social commentary on class inequality that brought attention to his skill with composition and light. Although he experienced financial difficulties throughout his career, his legacy lives on through his groundbreaking contributions to the world of photography and modern art in America.

Photographs from Alfred Stieglitz

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