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    Alfred Stieglitz Autograph Letter Signed "Alfred Stieglitz". Four pages of a bifolium, 7" x 6", New York; May 23, 1904. Written on Stieglitz's personal letterhead, the letter is addressed to a Dr. Nicol and Stieglitz vehemently defends his use of Rodinal as a developing agent. It appears that Stieglitz had been attacked in the media, and he took the opportunity to give his opinion of various chemicals used in photography. It reads, in full: "I leave for Europe on Tuesday in quest for a rest. I've had a very hard winter & am completely used up. Camera Work for numbers ahead is practically ready, & much is planned for the Secession. You have probably seen the vile insinuating attacks upon me on account of that Rodinal episode. Just think of Newcomb and Todd as authorities - both of whom would sell their souls for less than a dollar, & especially the former who spends most of his time in a Gold Cure establishment [addiction center]. It is a pity that our press is in such disreputable hands. I've used Rodinal since 1894!! and I would mention many cases similar to my own. You know every individual has his idiosyncrasies. Mexol hasn't harmed me yet. I've used gallons of it per week, but the alkali in Rodinal does mischief as far as I'm concerned. Now I mentioned Rodinal became u it is the simplest of all developers & consequently is used by children & all those that are ignorant of chemicals generally - for that reason it is the most dangerous of all developers. Such is my opinion & unless proven to be wrong I shall stick to the result of a ten year's experiment! This will interest you & hence I write it. Camera No. 7 was mailed a few days ago; hope you've received it. Also Secession leaflet No. 5. In great haste with kind regards."

    In early 1902, Stieglitz amassed a group of prints belonging to his circle of photography friends, which he exhibited under the title The Photo-Secession. The show was meant to portray the beauty of daily life, stepping away from the formality and restrictions of the general art of that period. Stieglitz's Camera Work was a publication of pictorial photography, which he began in August 1902. His tireless and perfectionist work on these two projects, in addition to his daily life stresses, were the cause for his European recuperation trip.

    Condition: Usual mail folds with minor toning at edges. The date on the front page has been slightly smudged. Overall very good.


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