Equivalents

Alfred Stieglitz American

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.

Not on view

Public Domain

Object Details

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

Date: 1927

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.8 cm. (3 9/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1928

Accession Number: 28.128.11

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"
Alfred Stieglitz

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".
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.

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