The Rag Picker

The Rag Picker

1892

Alfred Stieglitz

(American, 1864-1946)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 8.6 x 7.6 cm (3 3/8 x 3 in.); Paper: 8.6 x 7.6 cm (3 3/8 x 3 in.); Mounted: 26.8 x 20.6 cm (10 9/16 x 8 1/8 in.)

Gift of Diann G. Mann and Thomas A. Mann 2019.21

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Fun Fact

Only three prints of this image are known to exist, and all are in museum collections.

Description

In the early 1890s, Alfred Stieglitz roamed downtown New York City streets with his most portable camera and photographed the city’s street life. “I loathed the dirty streets, yet I was fascinated,” he recalled. In 19th-century New York, rag pickers earned a meager living by gathering rags and other trash from garbage cans and refuse heaps and selling them to recyclers.

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