Three Giants of 20th-Century American Photography: Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand

Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe-Neck (1921)

Edward J. Steichen, The Flatiron (1904)

Edward J. Steichen, The Pond-Moonrise (1904)

Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe (1918)

Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe-Hand and Breasts (1919)

Three Giants of 20th-Century American Photography: Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand

Three Giants of 20th-Century American Photography is an exhibition that was presented recently at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The exhibition featured Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand, whose works are among the Metropolitan’s greatest photographic treasures.

Alfred Stieglitz was a photographer of supreme accomplishment, as well as a forceful and influential advocate for photography and modern art.  Selections presented here from the exhibition include portraits, city views and numerous images from his composite portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Stieglitz’s protégé and collaborator Edward Steichen was the most talented exemplar of Photo-Secessionist ideas, with works such as his three large variant prints of The Flatiron and his moonlit photographs purposely rivaling the scale, color and individuality of painting. Paul Strand’s photographs from 1915–1917 treated three principal themes: movement in the city, abstractions, and street portraits. Strands work pioneered a shift from the soft-focus Pictorialist aesthetic to the straight approach and graphic power of the emerging modernism.

Alfred Stieglitz: Pioneer of American Photography

The Art of Photography: Edward J. Steichen

The Life and Times of Paul Strand: Under the Darkcloth

Slide Show: Giants of 20th-Century American Photography/Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand

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