Collaboration and Innovation: Alfred Stieglitz and His European Heritage

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Seidl, Chiara Maria Pia

Alfred Stieglitz is widely regarded by scholars as a critical pioneer in the history of photography and modernism in the United States. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Stieglitz engaged in numerous activities as a photographer, publicist, gallery owner, and modern art promoter. Through his tireless obsession, Stieglitz established and realized his vision of elevating the recognition of photography within the art world as a legitimate medium of fine art. This study is different as it comes from a European perspective and is primarily devoted to the panoply of European influences that had a measurable impact on Stieglitz's life and early work. This text begins focusing on the formative years in the 1880s and 1890s when a young Stieglitz discovered photography and eventually embarked on his photographic career. With that as the backdrop, It then explores the critical period between 1900 and 1910 during which an adult Stieglitz commercialized his knowledge and social networks to position himself as an authority at the center of the global photographic art movement.

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