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Camera Work: The Complete Photographs by Alfred Stieglitz

Camera Work: The Complete Photographs by Alfred Stieglitz

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American pioneer Alfred Stieglitz defined early 20th-century photography, creating the school of “Photo Secessionism” and founding cult art, literature, and avant-garde photo journal Camera Work. This beautiful book reproduces the entire 50-issue run, originally published between 1903 and 1917—a benchmark of photography as art form.

Photographer, writer, publisher, and curator Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) was a visionary far ahead of his time. Around the turn of the 20th century, he founded the Photo-Secession, a progressive movement concerned with advancing the creative possibilities of photography, and by 1903 began publishing Camera Work, an avant-garde magazine devoted to voicing the ideas, both in images and words, of the Photo-Secession. Camera Work was the first photo journal whose focus was visual, rather than technical, and its illustrations were of the highest quality hand-pulled photogravure printed on Japanese tissue. This book brings together all photographs from the journal’s 50 issues.

About the Author

Pam Roberts was Curator at the British Royal Photographic Society from 1982-2001. She lives in Bath.

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Product Details

  • Monograph
  • Hardcover, with dust jacket
  • 552 pages
  • Publication date:
  • Height: 7.7 inches (19.6 cm)
  • Width: 5.5 inches (14.0 cm)
  • 2.4 lb (38.4 oz; 1089 g)
  • ISBN: 9783836544078
  • SKU010006693

About the Artist, Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864 - 1946) was a photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his 50-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.

Camera Work was a quarterly photographic journal published by Alfred Stieglitz from 1903 to 1917. It is known for its many high-quality photogravures by some of the most important photographers in the world and its editorial purpose to establish photography as a fine art. It has been called "consummately intellectual", "by far the most beautiful of all photographic magazines", and "a portrait of an age [in which] the artistic sensibility of the nineteenth century was transformed into the artistic awareness of the present day."

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