Camera Work, Number 36. Edited and published by Alfred Stieglitz, New York, October 1911. Periodical with photogravure and half-tone reproductions, 11 3/4 x 8 3/8 in. (29.7 x 21.0 cm). Condition: Plates in good condition, cover and back wrapper with chips and losses, spine missing, front and back covers detached, fox marks and/or fly specks on cover along l.l. edge.
N.B. As a founding member of the Photo-Secession and publisher of Camera Work, Alfred Stieglitz was a major force in the promotion and elevation of photography as a fine art in America at the turn of the 20th century. While he first championed a Pictorial aesthetic making painterly, soft focus images with subtle tonal variation and unusual compositions, he went on to embrace a more modernist, "straight" depiction of contemporary life, and the 1911 issue of Camera Work was devoted exclusively to his own photographs made in this new style.
The Stieglitz photographs in the issue are: The City of Ambition (1910), The City Across the River (1910), The Ferry Boat (1910), The Mauretania (1910), Lower Manhattan (1910), Old and New New York (1910), The Aeroplane (1910), A Dirigible (1910), The Steerage (1907), Excavating, New York (1911), The Swimming Lesson (1906), The Pool - Deal (1910), The Hand of Man (1902), In the New York Central Yards (1903), The Terminal (1892), and Spring Showers, New York (1903). Estimate $15,000-20,000
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