Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
24.6 x 19.9 cm. (9 11/16 x 7 13/16 in.)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Not on view
One of the least well known and most beautiful of Stieglitz's portraits, this photograph depicts Hodge Kirnon, a man Stieglitz saw in passing every day. When preparing to close his historic gallery "291" in 1917 as a result of World War I, Stieglitz assessed his work and life and saw that Kirnon--who operated the elevator that transported the gallery's visitors, its critics, and its provocative modern art--had been a true fellow passenger on the momentous trip.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso CR: "Met // 84E"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 10," August 28, 1995–November 13, 1995.
Art Gallery of New South Wales. "Alfred Stieglitz: The Lake George Years," June 10, 2010–August 15, 2010.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand," November 8, 2010–April 10, 2011.
Aperture 8, no. 1 (1960). p. 31.
Norman, Dorothy. Alfred Stieglitz: An American Seer. New York: Random House, 1973. p. 126, illustration 59.
Greenough, Sarah, and Juan Hamilton. Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs & Writings. 1st ed. Washington, D.C.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983. pl. 30.
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set. Vol. 2. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2002. no. 463.
Annear, Judy. Alfred Stieglitz: The Lake George Years. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2010. p. 57.
Hodge Kirnon was the elevator operator at 291. Dorothy Norman in Aperture 8:1 dates this portrait: 1915-17.