The Terminal

The Terminal

1893 (printed 1911)

Alfred Stieglitz

(American, 1864-1946)

Photogravure from the original negative

Image: 12.1 x 15.7 cm (4 3/4 x 6 3/16 in.); Paper: 27.9 x 19.9 cm (11 x 7 13/16 in.)

Gift of Karen and Walter Holtkamp 2014.421



Never modest, Stieglitz declared this work to be a milestone, ushering in a “new era of photography, of seeing.” The subject is a mundane, gritty scene of a streetcar driver watering his horses at the end of the line. Stieglitz rejected hard, mechanical detail, instead employing snow, steam, and the frozen breath of the horses to create atmosphere. Wandering lower Manhattan in the aftermath of a blizzard, he captured not only a document of the rapidly changing modern city, but also a record of his own emotions manifested in the world around him. A leader of the Pictorialist movement, Stieglitz organized major exhibitions and published the journal Camera Work from 1903 to 1917.


The Terminal
Alfred Stieglitz
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