Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946)
This photograph, taken from the back of a moving train, was published in the first issue of Camera Work, in January 1903. A note in the issue explained the image as conveying not the contrast between man and machine, but rather a link between art and the everyday: “The Hand of Man by Alfred Stieglitz, the last plate in this number, is an attempt to treat pictorially a subject which enters so much into our daily lives that we are apt to lose sight of the pictorial possibilities of the commonplace.” Evidence suggests that Stieglitz reworked the photogravure plate in order to darken the top edge, making for a more even and pleasing composition.
An later print of this image also exists in the Alfred Stieglitz Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago (1949.703).
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 “The Pictures in This Number,” Camera Work 1 (Jan. 1903), p. 63.