Image: 32 x 25.7 cm (12 5/8 x 10 1/8 in.); Image with black margin: 33.2 x 26.5 cm (13 1/16 x 10 7/16 in.); Paper: 40 x 27.9 cm (15 3/4 x 11 in.); Mounted: 50.8 x 38 cm (20 x 14 15/16 in.)
Gift of Diann G. Mann and Thomas A. Mann 2019.22
This print is Alfred Stieglitz’s own, lifelong copy of The Steerage, one of his most important works.
With his camera, Stieglitz transformed a scene of impoverished immigrants returning to Europe into a study in shape and form; the image sparked his evolution from a pictorialist into a modernist. Reflecting on his career in 1942, Stieglitz proclaimed this image, taken in 1907, as an achievement of modern art that anticipated Cubism.
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