Alfred Stieglitz, ‘Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly’, 1903-1917, Phillips
Alfred Stieglitz, ‘Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly’, 1903-1917, Phillips

New York: Alfred Stieglitz
Varying dimensions from 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (7 x 7 cm) to 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. (29.1 x 21.1 cm) or the reverse

From the Catalogue:
Produced between 1903 and 1917, Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work is one of the most ambitious publishing projects in the history of photographic literature. Within its 15-year lifespan it encompassed the shifting dominant modes of photography and traced the medium’s evolution from Pictorialism to Modernism. Not only did it showcase images by the most important photographers of the day, it introduced new artwork by Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Paul Cézanne to its readership. The production values of the journal remained exceedingly high throughout its run, with many of its illustrations appearing in photogravure.

This nearly complete set of Camera Work lacks the first issue but is otherwise intact. It includes Number 47 in duplicate; one of these is signed and inscribed by Stieglitz. In addition to issues devoted exclusively to the work of Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand, this set includes the photogravure of Stieglitz’s Icy Night that appears in an advertisement for Goerz lenses in Number 4; Steichen’s graphic design for the Little Galleries of the Photo Secession in Number 13; and a photogravure of Coburn’s Broadway and the Singer Building by Night that appears in an ad for his forthcoming book New York in Number 32. Each of the 50 volumes in this lot is housed in a handsome modern custom-made linen clamshell box.
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About Alfred Stieglitz

Through his work and writing, photographer Alfred Stieglitz was instrumental in establishing photography as a recognized fine art form. Some of Steiglitz's best-known photographs are of the painter Georgia O'Keeffe (who would eventually become his wife), and in line with his belief that great photography “becomes more real than reality,” these close-up portraits convey as much about form as they do about her personality and their relationship. Stieglitz was feverishly devoted to his work and mission and produced thousands of editions in his lifetime, covering numerous themes that captured a period of rapid transition in American society. In 1905, he opened 291 Gallery in New York City to promote pioneering photographers and avant-garde European artists. Stieglitz achieved his goal to have photography shown alongside painting and, due to his efforts, is known as an important proponent of early modernism and not only as a promoter of photography.

American, 1864-1946, Hoboken, NJ, United States, based in New York, NY, United States