Equivalents: Transcending the Literal

Mr. Alfred Stieglitz was an interesting man to say the least. Among his many contributions to the world of photography, was the gift of his Equivalents series. This series was composed entirely of images of clouds, including over 200 photos. At first this may not seem to be very intriguing but, after understanding what his intention was,  that will change drastically.

Stieglitz began this series in the early 20th century, setting out to conquer two aspects at once: the perfection of a technical print, and the aesthetic that must lend itself seamlessly to that print to create a perfect marriage between the two.

That in itself is quite a feat to accomplish, as any artist will tell you. His influence with Equivalents did not end there however. This series can be argued to be the first abstract photographs created and the first to attempt to forgo their literal meaning.

So, for this weeks inspiration (photographically related at least), I would like to honor the man who essentially ushered in the use of symbolic photography.

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