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Stieglitz Lake [Hardcover]

John Szarkowski


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June 27 2002
For more than a decade before World War I, Alfred Stieglitz gave much of his formidable energy to his public career as editor, publisher, proselytizer, and art dealer. In the 1920s and 1930s, he turned again to his own photography, exploring his personal world at Lake George in the New York Adirondacks. Here 65 of the Lake George photographs are splendidly reproduced. 115 illustrations, 65 in tritone, 50 in duotone.

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  • Hardcover: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (June 27 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810961490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810961494
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 23.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g

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About the Author

Perhaps no other person has done as much to legitimize the art of photography as did Alfred Stieglitz. Born in 1864 in Hoboken, New Jersey, Stieglitz studied mechanical engineering in Berlin but was always drawn to taking pictures. He won the first of his 150 photography prizes at age 24 in a British competition judged by P.H. Emerson. Returning to New York in 1889, Stieglitz began writing on photography and exhibiting his own work, the most celebrated of which include The Terminal (1893) and The Steerage (1907). In 1902, Stieglitz founded the Photo-Secession group and opened his first gallery, 291, where he exhibited American photographers of the Pictorialist movement, and painters and sculptors including Matisse, Braque, Rodin, and Georgia O'Keeffe, whom he married in 1924. That same year he began publishing the quarterly Camera Work. Stieglitz ran two other art spaces, the Intimate Gallery and An American Place, and continued to photograph until his death in 1946, leaving behind hundreds of studies of O'Keeffe, photographs of Lake George, and New York City views. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Private Stieglitz March 15 2000
By Tom Rand - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The name Stieglitz conjures up many images that helped define modern photography. With his publications of Camera Notes and Camera Work, numerous awards, and a tenacious drive to promote photography as a serious art, Alfred Stieglitz shaped our awareness of photography like no other. Although earlier photographs such as The Steerage, The Hand of Man, Spring Showers, The Terminal and others are indelibly linked to Stieglitz, it is his later work that is just as important to this oeuvre. With the publication of "Stieglitz at Lake George" we see a man content with his craft, to the point where some of the images have a snapshot quality, like vacation pictures taken by a master seer. The images show Stieglitz relaxed yet still in control, as he records the surroundings at Lake George. Both formal and informal, the portraits taken of O'Keeffe are some of Stieglitz's strongest depictions of the artist. Ellen Koeniger and Rebecca Strand elicit both playful and erotic poses for the camera, while others are photographed chatting, playing, or simply wandering around the grounds of Lake George. Many will see the photographs in direct contrast to Stieglitz's urban images. Although this is apparent in most of the photographs, the images of poplar trees stand out like the skyscrapers Stieglitz photographed later in his career. Even the elegant automobile found on the last page is clearly an urban image - a reminder that eventually one must leave Lake George and its quiet calm, for the city further down the road.
5.0 out of 5 stars There should be more books like this. Dec 17 2013
By Robert Langham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Stieglitz work at Lake George with pretty good writing. There should be more books like this. I'd like to see Weston's peppers, in order, wouldn't you? Or Stiegliz and Strands photos of Rebecca Strand. All of them. Or a catalog of every shot of Ansel's from Inspiration point, or every photo with a moonrise in it. I think there are many niches left unpublished.

Terrific book. Szarchowski understands photography.

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