Alfred Stieglitz

By: Hailey Phillips

A Short Biography of Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz was born on January 1, 1864 in Hoboken, New Jersey. His parents were German- Jewish immigrants and when he was seventeen they moved back to Germany. In Berlin, at Technische Hochschule, is where Alfred saw photography for the first time. In 1882, he purchased his first camera. He also began publishing photos and articles in Amateur Photography, a British magazine. After Alfred’s sister died in 1890, he moved back to America to be with his family.

When Alfred came back to New York he became owner of Photochrome Engraving Company. He also began co- editing The American Amateur soon after that. With the help of a friend, Edward Steichen, Alfred opened a gallery called Little Galleries of the Photo- Secession. As the exhibit became popular they began to show the works of Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, as well as some of his own. In 1924, he married Georgia O’Keeffe and he died on July 13, 1946. Alfred Stieglitz is known for the art galleries he ran in New York and for his photography.

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Alfred Stieglitz made a very big impact of photography and art.