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Alfred Steiglitz

Self-Portrait.1907 (platinum print) National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.,
Alfred Stieglitz Collection

No matter how sparkling their achievement or celebrity, few people are remembered after a generation goes by.

Photography offers two for certain: George Eastman put snapshots in wallets— Alfred Stieglitz put photographs on museum walls.

Stieglitz proved that what the skilled eye saw, the darkroom refined, and the print revealed could be as intellectually compelling, as emotionally nuanced, as painting.

Having established such authority, he was sought out by — and shaped the lives of —young photographers who went on to become the medium's giants: Paul Strand. Edward Steichen. Edward Weston. Ansel Adams. Eliot Porter.

Visit the National Gallery of Art's Web site, which enriches and enlivens the record. Best of all, visit the museum where you can find the original prints.

Then stop. Give them your full attention. You may detect what Stieglitz termed "something life giving, something inspiring." The work, the gift, of a master.

- George Fisher, Retired Chairman and CEO,
Eastman Kodak Company
Alfred Stieglitz: New York City, 1892-1917;
New York City, 1892-1917
Two Towers -- New York, 1911,
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.,
Alfred Stieglitz Collection

In 1899 Alfred Stieglitz wrote that photographs of ordinary subjects could have "a permanent value" as art. Countless photography exhibitions and publications have since proved his point. The very best - photographers such as Paul Caponigro and William Clift - demonstrate that photography can prompt that "heightened state of awareness" Stieglitz aimed to cultivate.

Kodak is pleased its products were indispensable to the creation of many of Stieglitz's photographs, and is especially pleased to work with Sarah Greenough, Juan Hamilton, and others at the National Gallery of Art to make their profound collection of his photographs more widely accessible.

Over the past few years the National Gallery of Art has presented on its Web site a series of seven online tours highlighting photographs from the Alfred Stieglitz Collection. Arranged thematically, each tour examined specific subjects or periods in Stieglitz's career, analyzing the development of his art and ideas as well as some of his related activities, such as the galleries he directed or the exhibitions he organized. Also included was information about the different types of cameras and printing processes Stieglitz used.

A final tour, to be posted on the National Gallery's Web site in June 2002, will bring together all seven segments of the series into one comprehensive feature.

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From 2 June to 2 September 2002, the National Gallery will mount an exhibition of Stieglitz's photographs, many of which have not been exhibited or published in the last fifty years. Including 102 works, the exhibition will highlight his lesser-known photographs, placing them in the context of some of his most celebrated images. This exhibition is the culmination of a five-year project on Stieglitz that also includes the publication of Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set, a systematic catalogue of the National Gallery's Stieglitz collection, and a reprint of the Gallery's award-winning 1983 catalogue, Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs & Writings, written by Sarah Greenough and Juan Hamilton.

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Both books can be ordered online through the Gallery Shops, or through the co-publishers: Bulfinch Press for Alfred Stieglitz Photographs & Writings, or Abrams for Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set.

All Pictures Copyright ©1999 National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.