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Preview: Alfred Eisenstaedt: Portraits of the Past & Alfred Stieglitz: Camera Work (1903-1917), Robert Mann Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on February 25, 2019 at 11:01 am
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Alfred Stieglitz via Robert Mann Gallery

Few people have had as pronounced an impact on the early era of their medium like Alfred Stieglitz and Afred Eisenstaedt. Robert Mann Gallery approaches spring this March with a special exhibit of both.

Alfred Eisenstaedt was born 1898 in Dirschau, West Prussia. In 1906 his family moved to Berlin where he studied music, received his first camera, an Eastman Kodak Number Three, and used his parents bathroom for a makeshift dark room. Eisenstaedt was drafted into the German army after the outbreak of WW1 and served at the front lines in Flanders until April 1918, enemy fire crippled both his legs, yet thankfully his life was spared. After the war, he worked as a salesman, but continually found success with assignments as a freelance photographer. His first major mission was covering Thomas Mann accepting the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. Eisenstaedt came under the influence of photographer Erich Salomon and his work regularly found its way into Die Dame, Berliner Illustrierte, The Graphic, The London Illustrated News and many other magazines.

One of the earliest methods of reproducing photographic images in ink, the photogravure process was perfected and championed by Stieglitz.  Images pulled off of etched copper plates that were made directly from the original negatives possessed rich mid tones and soft blacks, rendering velvety prints with a tonal range Stieglitz often preferred to the more typical darkroom processes.  The photogravures for Camera Work were hand-pulled by Stieglitz himself, many were printed on delicate Japanese tissue and carefully tipped into the pages of the quarterly journal.  This exhibition will include a selection of Stieglitz’s many iconic images in the photogravure medium that originally hale from the pages of Camera Work.  Quintessential masterpieces such as The Steerage andSpring Showers will be on view.

Both exhibits will be available to the public starting March 7th and conclude April 27th, 2019.

For More Information: Robert Mann Gallery

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