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    Sep 2003
    Massachusetts USA

    Alfred Stieglitz: Dorothy Norman, 1933

    Dorothy Norman
    Alfred Stieglitz, 1933
    Gelatin Silver Print
    4 9/16 3 5/8" (11.6 9.2 cm)
    Museum of Modern Art

    Another Stieglitz photograph I saw for the first time and thought others might appreciate. I removed some spots.

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    Apr 2015
    Purcellville, VA

    Re: Alfred Stieglitz: Dorothy Norman, 1933

    Thanks, Ken. The subtleties of composition in some of these old works is inspiring.
    Philip U.

    Sine scientia ars nihil est. (Without science/knowledge, art is nothing.)

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    Dec 2001
    San Joaquin Valley, California

    Re: Alfred Stieglitz: Dorothy Norman, 1933

    A haunting expression!
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Drew Wiley
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    SF Bay area, CA

    Re: Alfred Stieglitz: Dorothy Norman, 1933

    I was instantly struck by both the composition and the facial expression, especially the eyes. A very very simple no-nonsense pose, but outright packed with sophistication: shadows, drawer-front angles (note how her head is cocked slightly to the left, offsetting the phone held toward the right and replicating the angle of the drawer fronts. Also the tapering dark picture frame edge atop the cabinet. Bold center point of a white scarf, deep rich blacks. None of this is accidental. But the timing? - now that is something really special. Hands are fascinating - something Stieglitz was a master at. And the tonality? Well, I can only imagine how good the original print looks. Thanks.
    Last edited by Drew Wiley; 13-Jan-2020 at 19:58.

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