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'Beauty is the universal seen': objectivity as trained vision in Alfred Stieglitz's experimental aesthetics

Ambrosio, C; (2014) 'Beauty is the universal seen': objectivity as trained vision in Alfred Stieglitz's experimental aesthetics. Visual Studies , 29 (3) pp. 250-260. 10.1080/1472586X.2014.941544. Green open access

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Abstract

A pioneer of avant-garde photography and a former student of the German chemist August Wilhelm Hofmann, Alfred Stieglitz is an instructive example of how artists related to, and challenged, the status of photographic representations at the turn of the twentieth century. I examine Stieglitz’s contributions to photography in the light of his early engagement with experimental science and claim that his scientific training shaped his experimental aesthetics. I frame my discussion around the theoretical considerations that informed – and still inform – aesthetic debates around the supposed objective status of photography and argue that Stieglitz’s approach, in its connection with science, offers a fruitful way of thinking about objectivity as trained vision.

Type: Article
Title: 'Beauty is the universal seen': objectivity as trained vision in Alfred Stieglitz's experimental aesthetics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2014.941544
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2014.941544
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Visual Studies on 16 October 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1472586X.2014.941544.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1430960
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