Alfred Stieglitz Video Write-Up

This document on Alfred Stieglitz (The Father of Modern Photography) was incredibly interesting to watch. Just the idea of a single man having his work criticized for being “blurred and out of focus” to later becoming one of the greatest photographers to ever live is truly inspiring and shows that if you continue to strive at being good at something, you CAN truly do it; no matter what others say. When comparing photography and the arts with each other, there really is no great difference between the two. The only main thing that is truly different is that standard art methods involve different mediums in which an image can be made. But photography, on the other hand, is done with one object; a camera. For both the arts and photography, the elements and principles of design apply. The reason for this is because although the images are made in different ways, they are accomplishing the same task; creating a sense of depth even though they are 2D images. Both photography and the arts are able to do so with various elements of design such as line and shape. Just because these things are not hand drawn in photography does not mean they are not there. The viewer must instead look for them. An example being the various individual planes that compose the image of buildings along a city skyline, or the lines that create the appearance of the strong cables responsible for holding up suspension bridges. Three images that stood out to me throughout the documentary were Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase”. His use of various line angles as well as quick brush strokes give an uneasy feeling to the image. Also his use of motion makes it appear as though that the plank like objects are moving up. A second piece that caught my attention was Stieglitz image he captured of all the people crowding the side of a boat at a harbor. Through this image, even today, we are able to get a feel of how things were during Stieglitz’s time, including how people dressed, socialized and even how social classes were treated by others. One last piece (or in this case pieces) that I really enjoyed and saw as significant were the photographs of clouds taken by Stieglitz. Through the art of photography and natural beauty of mother nature, Stieglitz was able to communicate how he was feeling just by capturing images of various cloud formations. For example, if Stieglitz was feeling sad he would photograph large and darker clouds. But if he was in a better mood, he would show this by capturing images of light and soft clouds; less intense formations.

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