The Steins were not the only ones with an eye for modern art. The photographer Alfred Stieglitz, after hearing Leo Stein lecture on Picasso, showed the artist’s work in America. In Stieglitz and His Artists (Yale Univ., $65), Lisa Mintz Messinger presents work by European and American artists whose talent Stieglitz was among the first on this side of the Atlantic to recognize; he showed them in his Gallery 291 and publicized them in his short-lived magazine, Camera Work. Messinger’s catalog pairs paintings with portraits of the artists, and accompanying text describes their relationships with Stieglitz.

Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe Cover Image
By Lisa Mintz Messinger (Editor)
ISBN: 9780300175882
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Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art - November 29th, 2011

Stieglitz’s most famous relationship was with the artist Georgia O’Keeffe.  My Faraway One (Yale Univ., $39.95), edited by Sarah Greenough, lets the pair tell their own story—or at least the first part of it, reproducing examples of their correspondence from 1915 to 1933 (Stieglitz died in 1946).  Presenting some 650 out of 5,000 extant letters, this collection documents a life-long attachment that began as a mutual appreciation for each other’s work, grew into a love affair, a marriage, a divorce, and a rekindling of affection. It gives fascinating insight into the lives of two of the 20thcentury’s most creative people.

My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: Volume One, 1915-1933 Cover Image
By Sarah Greenough (Editor)
ISBN: 9780300166309
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Published: Yale University Press - June 21st, 2011

One of the pictures in The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture, $75) is a shot by Reza that shows two women in a refugee camp studying pictures on makeshift stands as they try to identify the children they are looking for. This is only one example of the powerful, poignant images included in this vast collection. Compiled by Kathy Ryan, the Magazine’s photography director, this album represents work by all the great photographers, including Friedlander, Close, Leibovitz, LaChappelle, Sidbe and many others. What makes this volume unique, however, are the commentaries adjoining the images, offering the photographers’ thoughts on their work. One of my favorite pictures is a portrait of Orson Welles, about which Michael O’Neill writes that Welles “loved my camera—I was using a gigantic Deardorff—and he decided that he had to direct me and tell me where to put the light.”  Photographs is an amazing collection.

The New York Times Magazine Photographs Cover Image
By Kathy Ryan (Editor), Gerald Marzorati (Preface by)
ISBN: 9781597111461
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Published: Aperture - September 30th, 2011