New York

Alfred Stieglitz

Terry Dintenfass Gallery

This show had the air of a family celebration about it. Timed to coincide with the publication of a new biography of Alfred Stieglitz by Sue Davidson Lowe, his grandniece, the exhibition was co-curated by Ellen Lowe—Sue Lowe’s daughter, and thus the great-grandniece of the photographer and entrepreneur extraordinaire of Modernism in America. Moreover, the elder Lowe, as a young girl, appears in many of the photographs by Stieglitz that made up half the show.

For those in them and those who make them, family snapshots are artifacts of emotional moments—mementos of specific personal relationships, and thus not fully pictorial. Because of this they need not be especially well crafted or visually interesting. But Stieglitz’s family photographs combine the emotional, artifactual quality of snapshots with the consciously controlled effects of an accomplished photographer. The pictures here fell

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