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

 In the infancy of photography... it was generally supposed that... every succeeding step was purely mechanical, requiring little or no thought. The result of this was the inevitable one of stamping on every picture thus produced the brand of mechanism... (1899) 
 Wherever there is light, one can photograph. 
 My photographs look like photographs—and in [the] eyes [of pictorial photographers] they therefore can’t be art... My aim is increasingly to make my photographs look so much like photographs that unless one has eyes and sees, they won’t be seen—and still everyone will never forget having once looked at them. (1923) 
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