Alfred Stieglitz worked tirelessly to elevate photography to a medium of art. He edited two journals, Camera Notes and Camera Work; ran a series of galleries where he promoted photography alongside modern painting and sculpture; and made groundbreaking photographs of his own. Stieglitz took this photograph from the back of a moving train as it pulled out of the train yard in Long Island City, New York, and the image was published in the first issue of Camera Work in January 1903. The elegance of the composition belies its rough, industrial subject and emphasizes artistic intent over the technical skills required to make a photograph. The title, too, affirms the artist’s role in a mechanical process of urban transformation.For more on the Alfred Stieglitz collection at the Art Institute, along with in-depth object information, please visit the website: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection.
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Art Institute of Chicago, “Photographs from the Permanent Collection,” March 20–May 30, 1976. (Miles Barth)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Minneapolis Museum of Art, “Camera Work: Process and Image,” August 31-November 3, 1985; traveled to Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, November 22, 1985-February 2, 1986.
New York, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars,” September 22-December 31, 1989; traveled to San Franciso Museum of Modern Art, February 28-April 22, 1990; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, May 10-July 15, 1990; Art Institute of Chicago, September 15- December 1, 1990; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, February 5-April 28, 1991; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, June 8-August 4, 1991.
New York, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, “The American Century: Art and Culture,” April 22–August 22, 1999.
Rochester, New York, “The Photography of Alfred Stieglitz: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Enduring Legacy,” 2000. (note: dates and location of traveling exhibition unknown)
New York, Seaport Museum New York, “Alfred Stieglitz: New York,” September 14, 2010-January 10, 2011.
Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 10 Permanent Collection Rotation, May–October, 2012.
Art Institute of Chicago, “Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century,” October 31, 2015-March 27, 2016. (Elizabeth Siegel)
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