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Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set - Volume I & II: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs Hardcover – August 1, 2002

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"A must-have...it contains 'the finest print of every mounted photograph in Stieglitz's possession at the time of his death.'" -- Choice
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1100 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810935333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810935334
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 5 x 13.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 19.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By euterpe on October 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a major contribution to the field of artistic photography and art history, and frankly, I am not sure what the previous reviewer was looking at or for when giving this award-winning set one out of five stars (it was rated "outstanding art publication of the year" by the Art Libraries Society of North America in 2002).

Greenough's 2-volume set is a standout in numerous ways. For starters, it is the first retrospective work that has attempted to establish some kind of chronological order to Stieglitz's photographs (many of his major works were never dated previously). Why is this important? Stieglitz was extremely influential not only as an artist but as a technician, introducing new photo cropping and printing methods at a time when photography was just starting out as a field of study. Without dates for his photographs, it had previously been impossible to determine for certain whether Stieglitz was employing (or improving upon) techniques that were already out there, or if he was forging ahead into unknown territory.

The scholarship undertaken here is impressive: in addition to the dating of all the material, Greenough provides copious notes about the images, including invaluable information about the reproduction process. There is a detalied appendix, bibliography, index, and concordances, as well as information of other Stieglitz photographs in other collections.

Apart from the scholarship, however, what makes this set standout is the quality and quantity of the images. There are over 1600 photographs in this set, and only about a third of them had ever been reproduced before.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Mario on April 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
An important contribution to the history of photography, this book is a monumental task in cataloging and comparing Stieglitz's opus. At 1000 pages (including index, bibliography etc), it is massive, but so is the quality of the binding, the printing, the paper. A pleasure to hold in your hand (if you can lift it!).
Regarding the content, it really is an almost complete history of Stieglitz's photography including the mundane and experimental photography (endless pictures of clouds). What I find interesting are the subtle variations in photos as well as prints of the same picture for a different effect. If you are a student, I hope you can afford it. If you are a scholar and a historian, all of photography's early greats are there, and if you are a lover a photographer like me then you really will enjoy the whole experience. These books are as much reference as "coffee book", so they will keep on giving you for many years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Sweet on December 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My first review - I just couldn't let this go by without comment. There are lots of books by and about Stieglitz, and you can look through fine reproductions of Camera Works and watch the DVD. But you won't get a real feel for his photographic work until you spend some time with this beautiful 2 volume set. The hundreds of images, thoughtfully grouped, with quotes and background details, will open your eyes to the scope of his photography, and the amazing blend of subtlety, sensitivity and fun it conveys. And of course the image quality is sumptuous.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jake Groenhof on February 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a serious amateur photographer and lover of historical photographs, I waited anxiously for the (Christmas gift) set to arrive - only to be disappointed. Many images are only 3 or 4 inches on the long side. There is also much wasted blank space on many pages. Would it have cost that much more in ink to make the images large enough to appreciate?? And Volume II has more images of clouds than a meteorology book - perhaps 25 percent or so of the total. I would really recommend finding someone who has a copy of the set and make sure it's really what you want before ordering. I received much more pleasure from the images in the "Camera Work: the Complete Photographs" book Amazon sells for $10. If you like Stiegitz and the pictorialists, then "Camera Work" is a must-have.
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Format: Hardcover
The Good:
Two big volumes in a strong, beautiful and very smart hard box made of cloth with one photo on each side.
Books' covers are made of beautifully textured hard cover cloths. Binding is strong, as it should be for 500 pages books.

Excellent paper quality. The book was printed and bound in Germany in 2002.

Very good, as far as I know, printing quality of photos. It is actually some sort of joke to compare photos from this book with the very same photos in "Alfred Stieglitz. Camera Work " published by Taschen. People who only know Stieglitz through that Taschen book don't know how awful and distant from the original photos those pictures are.

Detailed information about every single photograph. All 1642 of them...
There are more than 1642 photos in the book but they are not part of the catalogue, let's say.

Good, informative 40 pages illustrated essay by Sarah Greenough, then Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
After that, no more essays, just photos ( apart from a short illustrated essay by Julia Thompson in the end of volume two)

Indexes of everything and information about the photographic process, to people who would be interested in the matter.

The price , considering that you get two luxurious 500 pages books with about 1800 photographs and illustrations for £80 when most photography books, not any near the quality or size of this set, cost around £30 or more.

The Bad:

Most photos are small. This set of two books contains what is called the "key set" which is the "largest, most complete, cohesive systematic collection of Stieglitz's work, and the only one in existence".
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