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Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.

— Alfred Stieglitz



Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Photography is my passion.”

Photography is my passion.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “I have a vision of life, and I try to find equivalents for it in the form of photographs.”

I have a vision of life, and I try to find equivalents for it in the form of photographs.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “The ability to make a truly artistic photograph is not acquired off-hand, but is the result of an artistic instinct coupled with years of labor.”

The ability to make a truly artistic photograph is not acquired off-hand, but is the result of an artistic instinct coupled with years of labor.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Wherever there is light, one can photograph.”

Wherever there is light, one can photograph.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “The goal of art was the vital expression of self.”

The goal of art was the vital expression of self.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “The fight for photography became my life.”

The fight for photography became my life.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “For that is the power of the camera: seize the familiar and give it new meanings, a special significance by the mark of a personality.”

For that is the power of the camera: seize the familiar and give it new meanings, a special significance by the mark of a personality.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “My cloud photographs are equivalents of my most profound life experiences, my basic philosophy of life. All art is an equivalent of the artist’s most profound life experiences.”

My cloud photographs are equivalents of my most profound life experiences, my basic philosophy of life. All art is an equivalent of the artist’s most profound life experiences.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Photography my passion, the search for truth, my obsession.”

Photography my passion, the search for truth, my obsession.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Utopia is in the moment. Not in some future time, some other place, but in the here and now, or else it is nowhere.”

Utopia is in the moment. Not in some future time, some other place, but in the here and now, or else it is nowhere.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “It is not art in the professionalized sense about which I care, but that which is created sacredly, as a result of a deep inner experience, with all of oneself, and that becomes ‘art’ in time.”

It is not art in the professionalized sense about which I care, but that which is created sacredly, as a result of a deep inner experience, with all of oneself, and that becomes ‘art’ in time.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “My photographs are a picture of the chaos in the world, and of my relationship to that chaos. My prints show the world’s constant upsetting of man’s equilibrium, and his eternal battle to reestablish it.”

My photographs are a picture of the chaos in the world, and of my relationship to that chaos. My prints show the world’s constant upsetting of man’s equilibrium, and his eternal battle to reestablish it.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “When I make a picture, I make love.”

When I make a picture, I make love.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “All art, like all love, is rooted in heartache.”

All art, like all love, is rooted in heartache.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Everything is relative except relatives, and they are absolute.”

Everything is relative except relatives, and they are absolute.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Photography as a fad is well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze.”

Photography as a fad is well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “The great geniuses are those who have kept their childlike spirit and have added to it breadth of vision and experience.”

The great geniuses are those who have kept their childlike spirit and have added to it breadth of vision and experience.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “All I want is to preserve that wonderful something which so purely exists between us.”

All I want is to preserve that wonderful something which so purely exists between us.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “If you place the imperfect next to the perfect, people will see the difference between the one and the other. But if you offer the imperfect alone, people are only too apt to be satisfied by it.”

If you place the imperfect next to the perfect, people will see the difference between the one and the other. But if you offer the imperfect alone, people are only too apt to be satisfied by it.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Photographers must learn not to be ashamed to have their photographs look like photographs.”

Photographers must learn not to be ashamed to have their photographs look like photographs.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “If you can imagine photography in the guise of a woman and you’d ask her what she thought of Stieglitz, she’d say: He always treated me like a gentleman.”

If you can imagine photography in the guise of a woman and you’d ask her what she thought of Stieglitz, she’d say: He always treated me like a gentleman.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “The scene fascinated me: a round straw hat; the funnel leaning left, the stairway leaning right; the white drawbridge, its railings made of chain; white suspenders crossed on the back of a man below; circular iron machinery; a mast that cut into the sky, completing a triangle.”

The scene fascinated me: a round straw hat; the funnel leaning left, the stairway leaning right; the white drawbridge, its railings made of chain; white suspenders crossed on the back of a man below; circular iron machinery; a mast that cut into the sky, completing a triangle.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “I do not object to retouching, dodging or accentuation as long as they do not interfere with the natural qualities of photographic technique.”

I do not object to retouching, dodging or accentuation as long as they do not interfere with the natural qualities of photographic technique.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Before the people at large, and for that matter, the artists themselves, understand what photography really means, as I understand that term, it is essential for them to be taught the real meaning of art.”

Before the people at large, and for that matter, the artists themselves, understand what photography really means, as I understand that term, it is essential for them to be taught the real meaning of art.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “A work is not art until enough noise has been made about it and someone rich comes along and buys it.”

A work is not art until enough noise has been made about it and someone rich comes along and buys it.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art.”

The arts equally have distinct departments, and unless photography has its own possibilities of expression, separate from those of the other arts, it is merely a process, not an art.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing.”

I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “As a matter of fact, nearly all the greatest work is being, and has always been done, by those who are following photography for the love of it, and not merely for financial reasons. As the name implies, an amateur is one who works for love.”

As a matter of fact, nearly all the greatest work is being, and has always been done, by those who are following photography for the love of it, and not merely for financial reasons. As the name implies, an amateur is one who works for love.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography – that of classing supposedly excellent work as professional, and using the term amateur to convey the idea of immature productions and to excuse atrociously poor photographs.”

Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography – that of classing supposedly excellent work as professional, and using the term amateur to convey the idea of immature productions and to excuse atrociously poor photographs.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “The camera was waiting for me by predestination and I took to it as a musician takes to the piano or a painter to canvas. I found that I was master of the elements, that I could work miracles.”

The camera was waiting for me by predestination and I took to it as a musician takes to the piano or a painter to canvas. I found that I was master of the elements, that I could work miracles.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “To demand the portrait that will be a complete portrait of a person is as futile as to demand that a motion picture be condensed into a single still.”

To demand the portrait that will be a complete portrait of a person is as futile as to demand that a motion picture be condensed into a single still.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Several people feel I have photographed God. May be.”

Several people feel I have photographed God. May be.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “There are many schools of painting. Why should there not be many schools of photographic art? There is hardly a right and a wrong in these matters, but there is truth, and that should form the basis of all works of art.”

There are many schools of painting. Why should there not be many schools of photographic art? There is hardly a right and a wrong in these matters, but there is truth, and that should form the basis of all works of art.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “Snow. White, white, white, soft and clean, and maddening shapes, with the whole world in them.”

Snow. White, white, white, soft and clean, and maddening shapes, with the whole world in them.

— Alfred Stieglitz


Alfred Stieglitz Quote: “There is nothing so wrong as accepting a thing merely because men who have done things say it should be so.”

There is nothing so wrong as accepting a thing merely because men who have done things say it should be so.

— Alfred Stieglitz

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