From My Window at the Shelton, North

Artist: Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)

Date: 1931

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 24.2 x 19.2 cm (9 1/2 x 7 9/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987

Accession Number: 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.