“Personally I like my photography straight, un-manipulated, devoid of all tricks; a print not looking like anything but a photograph, living through its own inherent qualities and revealing its own spirit”
– Alfred Stieglitz, 1934
Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), a child of German Jewish immigrants to the US, was a pioneering American photographer instrumental in making photography an accepted art form and authentic American art. In addition to his photography. A champion of avant-garde European artists, he married the painter Georgia O’Keeffe, known for her paintings of magnified flowers, animal skulls, and New Mexico desert landscapes.
Stieglitz photographed O’Keeffe since she first visited him in New York City in 1917, and continued taking photographs, many of which were nude studies, for almost the next twenty years. In 1924, Stieglitz divorced his wife Emmeline and married O’Keeffe.
When Stieglitz retired from photography in 1937, he had made more than 350 portraits of his wife. In 1978, according to Barbara Butler Lynes, O’Keeffe wrote about how distant from them she had become, “When I look over the photographs Stieglitz took of me – some of them more than sixty years ago — I wonder who that person is. It is as if in my one life I have lived many lives.”
“… much has happened in photography that is sensational, but very little that is comparable with what Stieglitz did. The body of his work, the key set – I think – is the most beautiful photographic document of our time.”
– Georgia O’Keeffe 1978
“Photography is my passion. The search for truth my obsession”
– Alfred Stieglitz, 1921
Via: Raw Pixel
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