From my Window at the Shelton, West

From my Window at the Shelton, West

1932

Alfred Stieglitz

(American, 1864-1946)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 23.9 x 18.5 cm (9 7/16 x 7 5/16 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 45.7 cm (22 x 18 in.)

Gift of Cary Ross, Knoxville, Tennessee 1935.56

Description

While the Depression led to the cancellation of many ambitious construction plans, some high-rise building projects continued in the 1930s, including the one Stieglitz saw from his midtown New York apartment in the Shelton Hotel. Built in 1923, the Shelton was one of the first “skyscraper” residential hotels, and briefly the tallest hotel in the world. A photographer and gallerist, Stieglitz was a leading proponent for the recognition of photography as a fine art equal to painting and sculpture.

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