Stieglitz explains "pictorialism". Stieglitz replies to an inquiry about "pictorialilsm" first writing on verso of the letter he received that he is not well enough to respond fully, and then in a longer two page letter offers a detailed reply. Writing in pencil, he explains that, " I am a very bad hand at definition. I'm not interested in 'isms' of any kind. I accept all and reject all- Pictorialism means today.. any photograph not 'documentary' - that is probably what the 'documentary' photographers claim. What so-called 'documentary' photography will run its course. There are good and bad photographs...you are really asking me to write a book on photography...." He suggests contacting "Mr. Newhall at the Modern Museum...." Stieglitz offers advice at the end. "Photograph & make good photographs - honest ones. Satisfy yourself. To hell with the rest. I mean it." He signs both letters in full, "Alfred Stieglitz." Stieglitz was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. In addition to his photography, Stieglitz is known for the New York art galleries he ran in the early part of the 20th century, where he introduced many avant-garde European artists to the U.S. He was married for most of his life to painter Georgia O'Keeffe.
Condition. The longer letter written in pencil on onion skin paper shows several chips at the upper border.