Paul Greenfield MFA, ARPS

Alfred Stieglitz (1864 - 1946)

The Steerage 1915

Alfred Stieglitz HonFRPS was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. The Photo-Secession was an early 20th-century movement that promoted photography as fine art in general and photographic pictorialism in particular.

A group of photographers, led by Alfred Stieglitz and F. Holland Day in the early 20th century, held the then-controversial viewpoint that what was significant about a photograph was not what was in front of the camera but the manipulation of the image by the artist/photographer to achieve his or her subjective vision. The movement helped to raise standards and awareness of art photography.

The group is the American counterpart to the Linked Ring, an invitation-only British group that seceded from the Royal Photographic Society In addition to his photography, Stieglitz was known for the New York art galleries that he ran in the early part of the 20th century, where he introduced many avant-garde European artists to the U.S. He was married to painter Georgia O'Keeffe.
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