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  • Edward Steichen (1879 - 1973)
    Edward Jean Steichen (March 27, 1879 – March 25, 1973) was an American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator. Steichen was the most frequently featured photographer in Alfr...
  • Alfred Stieglitz (1864 - 1946)
    Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form...
  • Myra Albert Wiggins (1869 - 1956)
    Myra won 95 art awards at the Oregon State Fair. Her first was at age 17. Family Myra's second cousin, Catharine Weed Barnes Ward , was also a photographer. Daughter of Frederick Arthur Wiggins a...

The Photo-Secession was an early-20th-century movement that promoted photography as a fine art in general and photographic pictorialism in particular. A group of photographers, led by Alfred Stieglitz and F. Holland Day in the early 1900s, held the then controversial viewpoint that what was significant about a photograph was not what was in front of the camera but the manipulation of the image by the artist/photographer to achieve his or her subjective vision. The movement helped to raise standards and awareness of art photography.

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