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"
Hodge Kirnon was the elevator operator at 291. Dorothy Norman in Aperture 8:1 dates this portrait: 1915-17.