Stieglitz - Stieglitz: Began photographing views of...

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Stieglitz: Began photographing views of Manhattan outside the windows at the Intimate Gallery his exhibition space on 59th street Produced about 90 cityscapes, most depicting the changing views from his galleries and work spaces His prints document a building boom of the late 1920s and early depression years which transformed the refined ‘uptown’ that Stieglitz had known, into a sky scraper ridden ‘midtown’, a center for office rentals, luxury apartment hotels, and fine art trade. o (So midtown used to be uptown until the 1920s and then they made that the business headquarters and made more city north of that which is now known as uptown) “First career” with Camera Work’s (editorial) and in 291 gallery ended when gallery closed in 1917 He repeatedly emphasized that his photographs had to be seen as a part of a larger cultural quest that he was pursuing, through speech, deed and picture, for the causes of America and Photography his 2 goals to express and influence people After WW1, he became an “American prophet” trying to get the world to emblematize these ideals because he felt he was pointing to a higher truth ??? With his cityscapes he tried to depict the American public realm His final city images lent shape to the oblique meditation on American values that he acted out at the gallery An American Place = “The Place” = a place in NYC that was a welcoming refuge to middle aged artists Stieglitz spent a lot of time there with other photographers/artists/writers…they were all a lot younger than he was but he enjoyed their company and sorta made it his hideout Stieglitz loooved The Place and made sure his presentations were invariably directed toward the fact that he considered The Place, not the city, his art-world The cityscapes clearly served a vital synthesizing role in the discursive system that Stieglitz conducted at the Place First exhibited cityscapes in 1932 No single statement reveals his own view of the intentions behind the cityscapes Meaning attached to the pictures was largely influenced by the kinds of discussion and distinctive visual settings which he presented them at the Place Feb 1932 exhibition ‘127 Photographs, Stieglitz described as “primarily held at the request of those who wished to see the recent photographs of NY. Includes sufficient of the older NY + some new” o Contained 29 photos of the new cityscapes & 17 reprints of cityscapes from the early 1900s Photo: The Flatiron is a reprint of japoniste , a print originally from 1902 of a building on the snow with a tree blocking it. The old one was cropped and the flatiron was reprinted with a view of the whole negative, whereas before only the synecdochie genre-features of two pedestrians had been visible at the base of the
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course COMM 211 taught by Professor Traubaut during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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