Alfred STIEGLITZ, Equivalent 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)

Equivalent 1923 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: AS-5;#3
Secondary Insc: Signed and titled "Equivalents Stieglitz" on matte lower left.
Dimensions: image 10.1 h x 12.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.237

Stieglitz’s Equivalents represent one of the key moments in twentieth century photography. Over a nine-year period, Stieglitz photographed clouds, in a project which placed side-by-side photography’s inherent realism and its capacity for abstraction. Each photograph so fully embodied its subject that Stieglitz believed the viewer would ‘relive an equivalent of what has been expressed’. But equally, Equivalents were deliberate abstractions, in that they cut down something as infinitely vast as the sky to a tiny, rectangular fragment.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra