Alfred STIEGLITZ, Old and new New York (1910) Enlarge 1 /1


Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America 1864 – New York, United States of America 1946

  • Karlsruhe, Germany Berlin, Germany (//1882) Germany, Switzerland, Austria (//1887) United States (//1890)

Old and new New York (1910)
Collection Title: Camera Work:A photographic quarterly devoted to photography published and edited by Alfred Stieglitz
Materials & Technique: photographs, illustrated books, photogravure off an original negative Edition: 50 regular issues and 3 special nos.
Place Published: New York

Dimensions: 20.2 h x 15.8 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Taschen p.587 October 1911 36:15
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.333.36.6
Subject: Art style: Pictorialism

Stieglitz began prowling the streets of New York soon after returning from Germany in 1890. He found the streets were of full of promising subjects: ‘I loathed the dirty streets’, he wrote later, ‘yet I was fascinated. I wanted to photograph everything I saw’. His complex relationship with the city continued over many years; the way he photographed it often reflected his state of mind. His 1910 photograph shows Park Avenue South in the throes of change. It is still lined with free-standing mansions and townhouses, yet the Vanderbilt Hotel, under construction between East 33rd and 34th Streets, looms rather ominously in the distance.

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