Alfred Stieglitz
[Photographer and curator, b. 1864, Hoboken, New Jersey, d. 1946, New York.]

 My photographs look like photographs—and in [the] eyes [of pictorial photographers] they therefore can’t be art... My aim is increasingly to make my photographs look so much like photographs that unless one has eyes and sees, they won’t be seen—and still everyone will never forget having once looked at them. (1923) 
 Photography as a fad well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze. Those seriously interested in its advancement do not look upon this state of affairs as a misfortune, but as a disguised blessing, inasmuch as photography had been classed as a sport by nearly all of those who deserted its ranks and fled to the present idol, the bicycle. (1896) 
 If you decide that you would rather that art stay dead, then go out with your Kodak and produce some faithful imitations. Good machine work is always preferable to indifferent hand-made products. 
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