Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Notes

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This striking volume details the history of Camera Notes, the most significant and influential American photographic periodical of its time.
Published quarterly by the Camera Club of New York and edited by Alfred Stieglitz, the fountainhead of American art photography, Camera Notes represented a critical phase in the campaign to legitimize the photo image as an artistic pursuit. Throughout most of its six-year life (1897-1903), the publication included thoughtful articles on ...

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Overview

This striking volume details the history of Camera Notes, the most significant and influential American photographic periodical of its time.
Published quarterly by the Camera Club of New York and edited by Alfred Stieglitz, the fountainhead of American art photography, Camera Notes represented a critical phase in the campaign to legitimize the photo image as an artistic pursuit. Throughout most of its six-year life (1897-1903), the publication included thoughtful articles on photography and fine art as well as hundreds of halftone images and stunning high-quality photogravures. While much has been written on Stieglitz's life—including his later publication, Camera Work—little attention has been giving to Camera Notes.
All ninety-one of the beautiful photogravures that appeared during the journals life are reproduced here in their original tones. In addition, this volume contains a fully illustrated index of the more than 250 halftones that appeared on its pages.

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Library Journal
Near the end of the 19th century, enthusiasm for the nascent art of photography took root in the proliferation of camera clubs throughout the United States and Europe. In 1897 the Camera Club of New York began a quarterly, Camera Notes , under the editorship of Alfred Stieglitz to promote amateur photography. This short-lived journal was notable for its carefully selected photogravures--an expensive photographic printing process resulting in soft, placidly beautiful images. Besides Stieglitz, Camera Notes featured many other prominent amateurs, including F. Holland Day, Gertrude Kasebier, and Prescott Adamson. Reflecting the Romanticism of American painting, Stieglitz's notions of artistic merit rarely strayed beyond landscape, portraiture, and still life. Thus, this book's usefulness remains largely limited to its reexamination of several long-forgotten photographers and its view into the formative years of the more celebrated Stieglitz. For large art and photography collections only.-- Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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This volume reproduces the original tone photographs and photogravures that appeared in a short-lived photographic journal edited by Alfred Stieglitz. First published in 1897, Camera Notes presented photography as an art form and sought to encourage that perspective in its readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393311266
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Christian A. Peterson is associate curator of photography at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. He has authored monographs on the photographers Max Thorek and D. J. Ruzicka and wrote the catalog Camera Work: Process and Image. He lives in Minneapolis.

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