Articles Tagged with: Alfred Stieglitz
Alfred Stieglitz | The Steerage, 1907

In June 1907, my wife, out daughter Kitty and I, sailed for Europe. My wife insisted on going on a large ship, fashionable at the time. It was impossible to escape the nouveau riche. Ye Gods. By the third day out, I could stand it no longer. I had to get away. I walked as far forward as possible.

Coming to the end of the deck, I stood alone. Looking down, there were men, women, children on the lower levels of the steerage. The scene fascinated me. A round straw hat. The funnel leaning left. The stairway leading right. White suspenders crossed on the back of a man below. A mass that cut into the sky, completing a triangle. I saw shapes related to one another. A picture of shapes, and underlying it, a new vision that held me.

I raced to the main stairway of the steamer, chased down into my cabin, picked up my Graflex, raced up again, worrying whether or not the man with the straw hat had shifted his position. If he had the picture I saw would no longer exist. The man with the straw hat had not stirred an inch. The man in the crossed suspenders, he too stood where he had been talking. No one had moved.

I had only one plate holder with one unexposed plate. I released the shutter, my heart thumping. If I had captured what I wanted, it would be a picture based on related shapes and deepest human feeling. A step in my own evolution.

-Alfred Stieglitz

 

The Steerage, 1907 © Alfred Stieglitz

The Steerage, 1907 © Alfred Stieglitz


The Top Ten Auctioned Photos

With Gursky’s Rhine II setting the all-time auction record paid for a photograph last month, a lot of attention has been paid to the top selling photos at an auction.

I like the variety and surreal price tags attached to these images, many of which would not even cause me to pause in a museum.

Rhine II, 1999 - Andreas Gursky

Rhine II, 1999 - Andreas Gursky

1. Andreas Gursky
Rhine II, 1999
$4,3m
Christie’s New York, November 2011

Untitled #96, 1981 - Cindy Sherman

Untitled #96, 1981 - Cindy Sherman

2. Cindy Sherman
Untitled #96, 1981
£2.4m ($3,9m)
Christie’s New York, May 2011

Untitled (Cowboy) , c.2001–2002 -  Richard Prince

Untitled (Cowboy) , c.2001–2002 - Richard Prince

3. Richard Prince
Untitled (Cowboy), c.2001–2002
£2.1 ($3,401,000)
Sotheby’s New York, November 2007

99 Cent II Diptychon, 2001 - Andreas Gursky

99 Cent II Diptychon, 2001 - Andreas Gursky

4. Andreas Gursky
99 Cent II Diptychon, 2001
£2.07 ($3,346,456)
Sotheby’s London, February 2007

The Pond-Moonlight, 1904 -  Edward Steichen

The Pond-Moonlight, 1904 - Edward Steichen

5. Edward Steichen
The Pond-Moonlight, 1904
£1.9 ($2,928,000)
Sotheby’s New York, February 2006

Billy the Kidd,1879–80 - Unknown photographer

Billy the Kidd,1879–80 - Unknown photographer

6. Unknown photographer
Billy the Kidd,1879–80
£1.4 ($2,300,000)
Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction in Denver, June 2011

Kremlin of Tobolsk, 2009 - Dmitry Medvedev

Kremlin of Tobolsk, 2009 - Dmitry Medvedev

7. Dmitry Medvedev
Kremlin of Tobolsk, 2009
£1.1m ($1,750,000)
January 2010, Christmas Yarmarka, Saint Petersburg.

Nude, 1925 - Edward Weston

Nude, 1925 - Edward Weston

8. Edward Weston
Nude, 1925
£1 ($1,609,000)
Sotheby’s New York, April 2008

Georgia O'Keeffe (Hands), 1919 - Alfred Stieglitz

Georgia O'Keeffe (Hands), 1919 - Alfred Stieglitz

9. Alfred Stieglitz
Georgia O’Keeffe (Hands), 1919
£923,000 ($1,470,000)
Sotheby’s New York, February 2006

Georgia O'Keeffe Nude, 1919 - Alfred Stieglitz

Georgia O'Keeffe Nude, 1919 - Alfred Stieglitz

10. Alfred Stieglitz
Georgia O’Keeffe Nude, 1919
£854,000 ($1,360,000)
Sotheby’s New York, February 2006