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

 Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography—that of classing supposedly excellent work as professional, and using the term amateur to convey the idea of immature productions and to excuse atrociously poor photographs. As a matter of fact nearly all the greatest work is being, and has always been done, by those who are following photography for the love of it, and not merely for financial reasons. As the name implies, an amateur is one who works for love; and viewed in this light the incorrectness of the popular classification is readily apparent. 
 Owning a picture, putting pictures away in the homes of the rich, or in museums, is not caring, is not really putting art to its best use or helping the artist to develop to his fullest capacity. Until the feeling that makes one want a picture... is mirrored in one’s way of life... there can be no meaning to having pictures. 
 I was far less interested in the pictures than in going into darkrooms. I wanted to know what went on in those mysterious places. (On his first visit to a darkroom at age eight.) 
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