Artist: Alfred Stieglitz (American, Hoboken, New Jersey 1864–1946 New York)
Medium: Palladium print
Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.2 cm (9 5/16 x 7 9/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Georgia O'Keeffe, through the generosity of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation and Jennifer and Joseph Duke, 1997
Accession Number: 1997.61.19
This photograph, one of more than 300 images Stieglitz made of O'Keeffe (1887-1986) between 1917 and 1937, is part of an extraordinary composite portrait. Stieglitz believed that portraiture concerned more than merely the face and that it should be a record of a person's entire experience, a mosaic of expressive movements, emotions, and gestures that would function collectively to evoke a life. "To demand the portrait that will be a complete portrait of any person," he claimed, "is as futile as to demand that a motion picture be condensed into a single still."