January 1, 1864

On January 1, 1864, Alfred Stieglitz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. Steiglitz is credited in part for helping photography gain recognition as an acceptable art form alongside sculpture and painting. During he span of his life, he witnessed rapid changes to American society and culture, which he documented with his camera. According to cultural historian Bram Dijkstra, “it was Stieglitz who provided the essential example of the means by which the artist could reach out to a new, more accurate mode of representing the world of experience.”