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Alfred Stieglitz

  • American photographer
  • Born January 1, 1864
  • Died July 13, 1946

Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. 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.


Beautiful dreams - if the world were more beautiful they would come true - But the world is relentless & cruel - people are - they must be, I suppose, or they could not live.




The goal of art was the vital expression of self.




Wherever there is light, one can photograph.




In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.




I was born in Hoboken. I am an American. Photography is my passion. The search for Truth my obsession.




I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing.




Before the people at large, and for that matter, the artists themselves, understand what photography really means, as I understand that term, it is essential for them to be taught the real meaning of art.




Photographers must learn not to be ashamed to have their photographs look like photographs.




Everything is relative except relatives, and they are absolute.




I have a vision of life, and I try to find equivalents for it in the form of photographs.




Several people feel I have photographed God. May be.




We had many books and pictures... my parents' way of life doubtless left a lasting impression on me. They created an atmosphere in which a certain kind of freedom could exist. This may well account for my seeking a related sense of liberty as I grew up.




When I make a picture, I make love.




The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art.



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