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The Terminal

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

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.


1893, printed 1920/39


Alfred Stieglitz
American, 1864–1946

About this artwork

Stieglitz took this photograph in front of the Old Post Office in New York, where the Third Avenue railway system and the Madison Avenue streetcar system had their terminals. He reflected on his creation of the work 45 years later: “Naturally there was snow on the ground. A driver in a rubber coat was watering his steaming horses. There seemed to be something related to my deepest feeling in what I saw, and I decided to photograph what was within me.” For Stieglitz, who had returned from Europe to find that everyday use of the Kodak camera had supplanted serious photography, The Terminal represented new possibilities for photography and the hope for “an America in which I could breathe as a free man.”

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Alfred Stieglitz


The Terminal


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1893


Gelatin silver print


Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on second mount, lower left, in graphite: 128 B


Image/paper/first mount: 8.8 × 11.3 cm (3 1/2 × 4 1/2 in.); Second mount: 31.7 × 25.5 cm (12 1/2 × 10 1/16 in.)

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Alfred Stieglitz Collection

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