One of the the photographers who has had an enormous influence in my own work is Paul Strand: the level of abstraction of some of his photos, his astuteness when highlighting strong lines in his compositions, his unique way to see reality… all of these characteristics have in some way influenced what I photograph.
(Williamsburg Bridge, NYC. 3/29/14…)
However, if I had to come up with the name of the photographer I admire the most, it would definitely be Alfred Stieglitz (to whom I have already dedicated some homages on this blog.) Not only because I felt a special connection when I discovered his series of Equivalents or because I have no words to describe the beauty of his Reflections. The fact that he tried to capture the essence of the people he cared and loved (Konrad Cramer, Paul Strand himself, and, of course, Georgia O’Keefe) by means of his photographs makes me feel that I am in front of both a master and a spiritual guide.
Between 1918 and 1919, Stieglitz took a series of portraits of Georgia O’Keefe, the American artist who would become a significant part of his life. By posting this portrait of Anna tonight, I pay yet another homage to Stieglitz, “my likeness, my brother!”