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

 The great geniuses are those who have kept their childlike spirit and have added to it breadth of vision and experience. 
 In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. 
 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. 
 There is much, too much, back-patting in the ranks of photography. (1897) 
 Technically perfect, pictorially rotten. (Stieglitz’s standard comment on photographs he rejected for publication in The American Amateur Photographer.) 
 When I photograph I make love. 
 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. 
 As far as exhibitions are concerned, to me they are only of any meaning whatever if they are a public demonstration of a positive advance in or a summing up of the really genuine work that has been done in any field of work. Exhibitions, as exhibitions, to me, have always been an abomination, for, as a rule, they are nothing more than a marketplace for the mediocre or the parading ground for the stupid vanities of the small mind. (1910) 
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