HONORING ALFRED STIEGLITZ - An American Photographer 1864-1946

An opportunity presented itself on one of my photo excursions to New York City, NY in 2013. I was capturing scenes around the Flatiron District when an image that Alfred Stieglitz created came to my mind. Before I continue, you should know that I have a profound respect for Alfred Stieglitz and his work. His methods and Pictorialist vision are a never-ending source of inspiration.

The image Mr. Stieglitz captured was that of a tree set in the foreground with the Flatiron building beyond. His camera was set up in Madison Square Park during the winter of 1903 when he captured the image shown on the left, below. I was strolling through the park trying to find where he placed his camera to capture the iconic image when, much to my delight and surprise, I not only found the area very near or even right on top of where Mr Stieglitz stood with his camera, I even located the exact tree, which remains standing, within Madison Square Park.

The image on the right, titled Redux 2013 is the one I captured, not to copy Alfred Stieglitz and most certainly not to capitalize on his idea but to honor him. I like to imagine that Mr. Stieglitz would be amused by my effort.

Please Note: As described in the information posted by Wikimedia Commons on their website, the Alfted Stieglitz image of the Flatiron Building shown on the left, below, is in the Public Domain for reasons stated by Wikimedia Commons. The Redux 2013 image on right is © Copyright Cider Mill Studio/KMET, LLC - All Rights Reserved

Alfred Stieglitz's photograph of The Flatiron Building in NYC captured in 1903


Recreation of Alfred Stieglitz's photograph of The Flatiron Building in NYC captured in 2013

REDUX 2013

“For that is the power of the camera: seize the familiar and give it new meanings, a special significance by the mark of a personality.” - Alfred Stieglitz -