Alfred Stieglitz
[Photographer and curator, b. 1864, Hoboken, New Jersey, d. 1946, New York.]

 When I photograph I make love. 
 In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. 
 Technically perfect, pictorially rotten. (Stieglitz’s standard comment on photographs he rejected for publication in The American Amateur Photographer.) 
 My photographs are a picture of the chaos in the world, and of my relationship to that chaos. My prints show the world’s constant upsetting of man’s equilibrium, and his eternal battle to reestablish it. 
 If you can imagine photography in the guise of a woman and you’d ask her what she thought of Stieglitz, she’d say: He always treated me like a gentleman. 
 The great geniuses are those who have kept their childlike spirit and have added to it breadth of vision and experience. 
 There is much, too much, back-patting in the ranks of photography. (1897) 
 I was born in Hoboken. I am an American. Photography is my passion. The search for Truth is my obsession. (1921) 
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