Alfred Stieglitz was born on New Year’s day in 1864, almost the end of the American Civil War; but his influence on photography in the 20th century and beyond is felt to this day. Without the efforts of Alfred photography might still be struggling to be accepted as an art form. And many avante garde artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Marin, Picasso, Auguste Rodin and Claude Monet were introduced to American audiences, collectors, galleries, and museums because of Stieglitz.
He published Camera Work, and managed his own galleries – 291, “The Intimate Gallery” in 1925, and later in 1930 “An American Place.” His rejection of the Pictorial School of Photography – think of today’s photographers who frequently use Photoshop, actions, and plugins to manipulate their work – formed the Photo-Secession group and the beginnings of the f/64 group.
The statement about his life that would best define it was his own, “I was born in Hoboken. I am an American. Photography is my passion. The search for Truth my obsession.”
He passed away in 1946.