Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946)
This photograph, taken from the back of a moving train, was published in the first issue of Camera Work, in January 1903. A note in the issue explained the image as conveying not a contrast between man and machine, but rather a link between art and the everyday: “The Hand of Man by Alfred Stieglitz, the last plate in this number, is an attempt to treat pictorially a subject which enters so much into our daily lives that we are apt to lose sight of the pictorial possibilities of the commonplace.” Compared with the earlier photogravure print of this image (1949.850), dominated by the atmospheric effects of smoke and clouds, this print of the image focuses on the crisp lines of the train tracks.
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 “The Pictures in This Number,” Camera Work 1 (Jan. 1903), p. 63.