Annie Leibovitz and Alfred Stieglitz: Kindred Spirits?

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Included in the pantheon of twentieth century art, are two celebrated couples Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe and Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag. Each of these powerful figures was a master in his/her particular field of endeavor. Moreover, the two couples’ complicated relationships were analogous in many ways, and yet they were also very dissimilar. My paper will primarily focus on the work of Annie Leibovitz and Alfred Stieglitz. I will strive to compare some of their photographs and to look for any clues to see how their work might have been influenced by their partners. Legendary and enormously talented, Sontag and O’Keeffe must have added richness and depth to their partners’ creations. Stieglitz has often been described as O’Keeffe’s Svengali. It will be interesting to investigate that dynamic while looking to see if a similar symbiotic relationship existed between Leibovitz and Sontag.


Keywords: Annie Leibovitz, Alfred Stieglitz, Photographers, Georgia O’Keeffe, Susan Sontag, Lesbians
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Margaret Burke

Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian, Joan & Donald E. Axinn Library, Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York, USA

Professor Margaret Burke has served as a Reference Librarian and Instructor in the Joan & Donald E. Axinn Library at Hofstra University since 1999. Her subject areas include Fine Arts and Art History and Women's Studies. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Women's Studies and holds two master's degrees, an MLS from Queens College, City University of New York, and an M.A. in Humanities from Hofstra University. Professor Burke has a special interest in photography.

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