Alfred Stieglitz needs little introduction for most photography-lovers, but in brief: as the founder and publisher of Camera Work, a journal dedicated to photography, and the owner of 291, a gallery based in New York, Stieglitz was a modern visionary who dedicated his life to elevating photography to an art form. In addition, his own artwork is considered groundbreaking in its advancement of both subject matter and medium.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is currently running a show that includes a selection of Stieglitz’s revolutionary work. Titled Alfred Stieglitz and Modern America, it reflects on the early 20th-century art world and how the photograph fits into that landscape; it also delves into Stieglitz’s intimate and personal relationships (particularly with the renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe) as conveyed through his imagery.
Senior Curator of Photographs Anne Havinga sat down with associate editor Coralie Kraft to discuss Stieglitz’s impact on photographic subject matter, his collaborative relationship with O’Keeffe, and the digital future of museum collections— Continue reading.