"Alfred Stieglitz New York" (Skira Rizzoli 2010) accompanies the exhibition of the same name, which is on view until January 10, 2011, at the Seaport Museum New York. The show and the book bring together Stieglitz's photographs of New York City for the first time since 1932, when he showcased his own New York photographs at his midtown gallery, An American Place. At that time, Stieglitz was working on the final series of his career -- views of midtown skyscrapers from the windows of his apartment and his gallery. In his exhibition, he combined the "New Series" with the "Old Series" of New York photographs, which he made as a young man on the streets with a handheld camera between the 1890s and 1910s. In the current exhibition and book, a selections of these works are brought together again and discussed for the first time to show the rise of a modern city from the personal perspective of one of the twentieth century's greatest photographers.
Working on this subject has been a unique opportunity for me. As a young curator, I worked in the print room of the National Gallery of Art with the "Key Set" of Stieglitz prints, and subsequently, as Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, I began to specialize in the photographic history of the city. This project benefits from these combined perspectives.