who vigorously championed photography as a fine art, Alfred Stieglitz also played a lead role in the development of modern art in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. This site focuses on the photographs in the Art Institute of Chicago's Stieglitz Collection, and we encourage you to explore using the drop-down filters below.
Edward Steichen, Portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, 1915, 1949.827
EDITOR, GALLERIST, AND COLLECTOR,
Alfred Stieglitz was unmatched in his advocacy of photography and emerging American artists. In the publications and exhibitions he organized, photography could be found side by side with modern contemporaries in other media. To learn more about themes within the Stieglitz Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as the artists, photographic processes, galleries, and journals associated with Stieglitz and his circle, click on the Glossary tab to the upper right.
Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage, 1907 printed 1915, 1949.847
IN 1949, GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
gave the Art Institute of Chicago a portion of Alfred Stieglitz’s vast art collection. The gift included 244 photographs as well as paintings, sculptures, drawings, etchings, and prints. This site profiles each photograph, offering images of the front and back of each work, installation views, and links to related publications from Stieglitz’s lifetime. Additionally, forty-four of the photographs, grouped below under the theme of Materials Research, have been closely examined by conservation scientists.