The City of Ambitions

Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
1910, printed 1910–13
33.8 x 26.0 cm (13 5/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
Not on view
This photograph belongs to a series of dynamic images Stieglitz made of New York of 1910. It appeared in the October 1911 issue of Camera Work along with eight other examples of his lyrical urban modernism--a contemporary vision certainly not lost on Coburn, Struss, and Strand.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, recto LR: "130D // 128C [crossed out in pencil]", "(Camera Work XXXVI) // The City of Ambition // The Terminal [crossed out in pencil]"
Alfred Stieglitz

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paul Strand and His Contemporaries," February 10, 1998–May 31, 1998.

Jewish Museum, New York. "New York: Capital of Photography," April 28, 2002–September 1, 2002.

Madison Art Center. "New York: Capital of Photography," December 7, 2002–February 16, 2003.

Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne. "New York: Capital of Photography," April 10, 2003–June 9, 2003.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand," November 8, 2010–April 10, 2011.

Stieglitz, Alfred, ed. Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly 36 (October 1911). p. 5.

Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set. Vol. 2. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2002. no. 342.

Kozloff, Max. New York: Capital of Photography. New York: Jewish Museum, New York, 2002. no. 5.

This gravure was made from an enlarged copy negative. (Bry number: 130D)