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Subjects : Landscape
Keywords : 1920s, 20th century, USA, black and white, cloud, dreamlike, photography, sky
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To fully enjoy «Equivalents» by Alfred Stieglitz, we recommend the large size (90x117.3 cm) printed on aluminium mounting with perspex, with the black floating box frame.
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Equivalents is a series of photographs of clouds taken by Alfred Stieglitz from 1925 to 1934. They are generally recognized as the first photographs intended to free the subject matter from literal interpretation, and, as such, are some of the first completely abstract photographic works of art. Stieglitz took at least 220 photographs that he called Equivalent or Equivalents; all feature clouds in the sky. The majority of them show only the sky without any horizon, buildings or other objects in the frame, but a small number do include hills or trees. One series from 1927 prominently features poplar trees in the foreground. Almost all of the photographs are printed very darkly so the sky often appears black or nearly black. The contrast between the sky and the much lighter clouds is striking in all but a few of the prints. Some images include the sun either as a distinct element in the photograph or as an illuminating force behind the clouds. The multiple series Stieglitz called Equivalents combined two very important aspects of his photography: the technical and the aesthetic. He was a master at both, but with Equivalents he succeeded in bringing his skills to a new level. On the technical side, Stieglitz had been fascinated by the special problems of photographing clouds ever since the summer of 1887, when he took his first pictures of clouds over Lake Como in Italy. Until the 1920s most photographic emulsions were orthochromatic, which meant they were primarily sensitive [...]


This artwork is a photography from the war and roaring twenties period. It belongs to the dreamlike photography styles and landscape photography styles.


« Equivalents » is kept at Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York, USA.


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