Analysis Of Stieglitz' Work

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Analysis of Stieglitz' work


Any piece of art work is considered as the representation and reflection of inspiration and creative thoughts. Every piece of art has certain themes attached to it. Similarly, work of famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz has certain inspirational themes. The objective of this research is to explore work of Stieglitz known as Steerage and its themes.

Thesis statement

Work of Stieglitz in Steerage reflects his childhood and young adulthood.

Arguments in favor of thesis statement

Stieglitz took this photograph when he was going to visit his friends and family in 1907. This photograph displays people standing on steerage who were rejected by immigration officials of United States and were sent back to Europe. This photograph represents the childhood of Stieglitz. The scene of the photograph can be related to Stieglitz childhood in following ways:

Stieglitz Immigration to Germany

The journey that covered by Stieglitz can be related with this work in many ways. Stieglitz describes his work in following ways:

“There were men and women and children on the lower deck of the steerage. On the upper deck, looking over the railing, there was a young man with a straw hat. The shape of the hat was round. …A round straw hat, the funnel leaning left, the stairway leaning right, round shapes of iron machinery, a mast cutting into the sky, making a triangular shape…I saw shapes related to each other. I saw a picture of shapes and underlying that the feeling I had about life”

The journey (Signature image of Stieglitz)

When intelligence level of brilliant Stieglitz found studies of American schools easy to handle and less challenging father of Stieglitz decided to take him to German school where the educational process is more challenging and studious. So, in 1881, Stieglitz moved with his family to Germany. So, it shows that just like the ...