Stieglitz' Work


Analysis of Stieglitz’ Work
Mary Chandler
Grantham University

      Any piece of art work is considered a representation and reflection of   inspiration and creative thoughts. Every piece of art has certain themes attached to it. Similarly, work of famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz has certain inspirational themes. The objective of this research   is to explore work of Stieglitz known as Steerage and its themes.
Thesis Statement
      The work of Stieglitz in Steerage reflects his childhood and young adulthood and show how these works of art influenced his future works of art.
Stieglitz took this photograph when he was going to visit his friends and family in 1907.   While on his way to Europe Stieglitz took what is recognized not only as his signature image but also as one of the most important photographs of the 20th Century.   While aiming his camera at the lower class passengers in the bow of the ship, he captured a scene he titled “The Steerage”.   Once he arrived in Paris he developed the image in a friend’s darkroom and carried the glass plate around with him in Europe for many months.   By the time he returned to New York he was so caught up in other business and personal matters that he did not publish it until four years later.   This photograph displays people standing on steerage who were rejected by immigration officials of United States and were sent back to Europe. This photograph represents the childhood of Stieglitz. The scene of the photograph can be related to Stieglitz childhood in many ways.
      Stieglitz was born the eldest of six children in Hoboken, New Jersey and raised in Manhattan's Upper East Side. His father moved with his family to Germany in 1881. The next year, Stieglitz began studying mechanical engineering at the Technische Hochschule in Berlin and soon switched to photography. Traveling through the European countryside with his camera, he took many photographs of...