viernes, 23 de mayo de 2014

Obra maestra de la fotografía The Steerage Alfred Stieglitz Metropolitan Museum New York. Collections on line OASC

La posibilidad que nos facilita el Museo Metropolitano de Nueva York con la puesta en disposicion de gran parte de sus fondos digitalizados y con descarga libre logra que, en blogs como este, se puedan presentar y comentar obras de arte como The Steerage obra de Alfred Stieglitz


291 Fifth Avenue was the address of Alfred Stieglitz's first gallery, the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, commonly known as "291." Stieglitz opened the gallery in 1905, promoting and exhibiting fine art photography in what had formerly been Steichen's studio. 291 would soon offer Americans their first opportunity to see exceptional modern painting in exhibitions featuring the Europeans Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Cézanne
Es una de esas, pocas, fotos que estan mencionadas en todos las enciclopedias, catálogos etc. como iconos de la fotografía mundial.

Esto lo es hasta tal punto que la misma Wikipedia le dedica un artículo completo.
The Steerage is a photograph taken by Alfred Stieglitz in 1907. It has been hailed as one of the greatest photographs of all time because it captures in a single image both a formative document of its time and one of the first works of artistic modernism.

El mismo Stiegliz explicó la forma y momento en que realizó esta foto

"There were men and women and children on the lower deck of the steerage. There was a narrow stairway leading to the upper deck of the steerage, a small deck right on the bow of the steamer.
..On the upper deck, looking over the railing, there was a young man with a straw hat. The shape of the hat was round. He was watching the men and women and children on the lower steerage deck…A round straw hat, the funnel leaning left, the stairway leaning right, the white drawbridge with its railing made of circular chains – white suspenders crossing on the back of a man in the steerage below, round shapes of iron machinery, a mast cutting into the sky, making a triangular shape…I saw shapes related to each other. I saw a picture of shapes and underlying that the feeling I had about life


http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/267836?rpp=30&pg=1&ft=alfred+stieglitz&pos=2

The Steerage


Alfred Stieglitz
(American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)


Date: 1907, printed in or before 1913
Medium: Photogravure
Dimensions: 32.2 x 25.8 cm (12 11/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
Classification: Photographs
Credit Line: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933
Accession Number: 33.43.419


http://images.metmuseum.org/CRDImages/ph/original/DP232922.jpg

The Steerage began its life as a masterpiece four years after its creation, with Stieglitz's publication of it in a 1911 issue of Camera Work devoted exclusively to his photographs in the "new" style, together with a Cubist drawing by Picasso. Stieglitz loved to recount how the great painter had praised the collagelike dispersal of forms and shifting depths of The Steerage.