Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
Gelatin silver print
9.1 x 11.8 cm. (3 9/16 x 4 5/8 in.)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1928
Not on view
Beginning in 1922, and then from 1923 to 1934, Stieglitz pointed his lens toward the clouds above Lake George, New York. He eventually made more than two hundred photographs in the series he initially called Songs of the Sky and later Equivalents. In these purposely disorienting and nearly abstract images, Stieglitz sought to arouse in the viewer the emotional equivalent of his own state of mind at the time he took the picture and to show that the content of a photograph was different from its subject. The Equivalents trace Stieglitz’s emotional response to nature through periods of ecstasy and darkness, romantic engagement, and confronting mortality.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in pencil on 2nd mount, verso LL: "Equivalent - 1927 // Alfred Stieglitz. [underlined] // 1927"; inscribed in pencil in artist's hand on 2nd mount, verso UC: "Top [underlined]"; inscribed in pencil on original window mat: "Equivalent - Series 1927", "Anonymous Gift"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paul Strand and His Contemporaries," February 10, 1998–May 31, 1998.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand," November 8, 2010–April 10, 2011.
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set. Vol. 2. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2002. no. 1213.
The lot of eleven photographs (28.128.1–.11) was originally given to the Museum by Stieglitz as an "Anonymous Gift". In 1933, the credit line was changed to: "Alfred Stieglitz Collection".