From the Back Window – 291

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

Date: 1915

Medium: Platinum print

Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.2 cm (9 7/8 x 7 15/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949

Accession Number: 49.55.35


Around 1915, Stieglitz began photographing the view out of the window of his gallery, a practice he continued through two relocations of his business. In this photograph made from the window of Stieglitz's first gallery (known as "291" for its address on Fifth Avenue), the legacy of Pictorialism hovers in the rich, evocative atmosphere he coaxes from the nighttime scene, even as the play of angular forms declares the modernist impulse for the exposure.