Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946)
Gelatin silver print; 9 1/2 x 7 9/16 in. (24.2 x 19.2 cm)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.11)
Stieglitz recorded the construction of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan from the windows of his gallery and of his nearby apartment in the Shelton Towers. His photographs seem not to celebrate the astonishing growth of new buildings but rather almost geological permanence and stability: "Crammed on the narrow island the million-windowed buildings will jut glittering, pyramid on pyramid...," as John Dos Passos wrote.