Mar 17, 2016
Mar 17, 2016

The Terminal

The Terminal


Alfred Stieglitz

(American, 1864–1946)


Paper: 15.5 x 23.2 cm (6 1/8 x 9 1/8 in.)

Gift of Bob and Jane Herbst 2015.218



Alfred Stieglitz valued the subtle qualities of prints by fine art photographers. He personally supervised the printing of Camera Work, a prestigious art journal he published that advocated for photography’s place as a fine art. He produced the photogravures from artists’ original negatives whenever possible. Here is a rare opportunity to compare Stieglitz’s The Terminal, printed using two different photomechanical techniques. Stieglitz declared the image a milestone not only for him but for photography and seeing itself. How do the slight differences—the cropping and the range of light-to-dark values, among others—affect the image for you?

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