Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) was a pioneer of modern photography. A photographer, publisher, writer and gallery owner, he played a key role in the promotion and exploration of photography as an art form. He also helped introduce modern art to an American audience.
In 1916 Stieglitz first saw the work of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) and was impressed by the expressive power of her large abstract drawings.
The following year he hosted her first solo exhibition at his gallery 291 in New York. He also started to photograph O'Keeffe, posing her in front of her work and finding ways to fuse her body with the compositions.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation has recently given the Victoria and Albert Museum a group of photographs by Stieglitz. The portraits of O'Keeffe shown here were taken between 1918 and 1937. The early, sensuous images were taken in the studio and printed on platinum and palladium paper, giving a fine tonal range. Later, there is a move away from symbolically charged images to an increasingly frank record of an individual.