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Alfred Stieglitz probably did more than any other individual to promote photography as an art at the same level as other arts and has been dubbed the patron saint of straight photography He took pictures in a time when photography was considered a only scientific curiosity and not art The controversy over the art value of photography became widespread Stieglitz wrote Artists who saw my early photographs began to tell me that they envied me that my photographs were superior to their paintings but that unfortunately photography was not an art I could not understand why the artists should envy me for my work yet in the same breath decry it because it was machine-made - theirart painting - because hand-made being considered necessarily superiorThere I started my fightfor the recognition of photography as a new medium of expressions to be respected in its own right on the same basis as any other art form This battle would last his whole life Stieglitz was born in New Jersey and attended schools in New York In 1881 he went to Germany to continue his studies He studied mechanical engineering and photography at the Polytechnic of Berlin In 1883 Stieglitz saw a camera in a shop window in Berlin I bought it and carried it to my room and began to fool around with it It fascinated me first as a passion then as an obsession He was fascinated by the medium and started to experiment with new techniques and push the limits that were the standard at that time He was told that a camera could only be used in the daytime He decided to challenge that theory and set up his camera in a small cellar The cellar was lit only by weak electric light bulb and focused on a dynamo He made a 24 hour exposure which resulted in a perfect negative Later in his life Stieglitz took the first successful rainy day snow
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