Portraits of Stieglitz
The photographers of the Photo-Secession found a compelling subject in the figure of the man who championed photography as an art and around whom they gravitated: Alfred Stieglitz. Members of the Photo-Secession frequently appear in each other’s photographs, and a favorite was Stieglitz, who was photographed by Frank Eugene, Gertrude Käsebier, Heinrich Kühn, Edward Steichen, and Clarence White, among others. With his intense gaze, strong features, and thick hair and mustache, he cut a powerful figure in front of the camera, and the portraits of him by his peers sought to do justice to his magnetic personality. Stieglitz, in turn, actively constructed his self-presentation, producing a trademark look that—along with his photographs, writings, and activities as gallerist and editor—helped to define his place in the art world.