Literary Admirers of Alfred Stieglitz

Literary Admirers of Alfred Stieglitz

Literary Admirers of Alfred Stieglitz

Literary Admirers of Alfred Stieglitz

Synopsis

F. Richard Thomas argues convincingly that Alfred Stieglitz wielded an extraordinary influence on the works of such literary figures as Gertrude Stein, Hart Crane, Sherwood Anderson, and William Carlos Williams. The implications of his argument bear not only on the aesthetics, styles, and perceptions of these major American literary figures but on the progress of contemporary photography as well.

The four writers Thomas studies here all used aspects of photography in their individual aesthetics andenriched their styles through selective focus on personally significant detail. Each one isolated events to reveal ideas in an impressionistic way. Plot and narration gave way to associative coherence; feelings were conveyed by revealing relationships that existed among objects within the writer's frame. In their lives as well as in their art, they came to subscribe to a philosophy based on the immediate and the actual.

Excerpt

More than a quarter of a century after his death, Alfred Stieglitz (Plate 1) is once again becoming a prominent, almost popular, figure. Some of this recognition results from the fact that almost every family in the United States has the where- withal, and perhaps even the social obligation, to own and use a photographic camera. But the reawakening of interest in Stieglitz can also be attributed to the growing popularity of Georgia O'Keeffe (Stieglitz was her husband), and the untiring efforts of Dorothy Norman, a fine photographer herself, as well as a writer. (See Plate 2.)

Since Norman's Alfred Stieglitz: An American Seer (1973), William Innes Homer 's Alfred Stieglitz and the American Avant-Garde (1977), Weston J. Naef's The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz (1978), and Bram Dijkstra 's The Hieroglyphis of a New Speech: Cubism, Stieglitz, and the Early Poetry of William Carlos Williams (1969)--to mention only four recent major works--it is virtually redundant to reiterate either Stieglitz's technical accomplishments or his propagandiz-

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