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The Hand of Man

A work made of gelatin silver print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.


1902, printed 1920/39


Alfred Stieglitz
American, 1864–1946

About this artwork

Alfred Stieglitz worked tirelessly to elevate photography to a medium of art. He edited two journals, Camera Notes and Camera Work; ran a series of galleries where he promoted photography alongside modern painting and sculpture; and made groundbreaking photographs of his own. Stieglitz took this photograph from the back of a moving train as it pulled out of the train yard in Long Island City, New York, and the image was published in the first issue of Camera Work in January 1903. The elegance of the composition belies its rough, industrial subject and emphasizes artistic intent over the technical skills required to make a photograph. The title, too, affirms the artist’s role in a mechanical process of urban transformation.For more on the Alfred Stieglitz collection at the Art Institute, along with in-depth object information, please visit the website: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection.


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Alfred Stieglitz


The Hand of Man


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1902


Gelatin silver print


Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on mount, lower left, in graphite: 123A


Image/paper: 8.9 × 11.9 cm (3 9/16 × 4 11/16 in.); Mount: 34.4 × 27 cm (13 9/16 × 10 11/16 in.)

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Alfred Stieglitz Collection

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