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photograph - In the New York Central Yards
  • In the New York Central Yards
    Stieglitz, Alfred, born 1864 - died 1946
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In the New York Central Yards

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New York (photographed)
    New York (printed)

  • Date:

    1903 (photographed)
    1911 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stieglitz, Alfred, born 1864 - died 1946 (photographer)
    The Manhattan Photogravure Company (printers (people))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    photogravure on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dorothy Bohm

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 13.1

Alfred Stieglitz was a pioneer of modern photography. A photographer, publisher, writer and gallery owner, he played a key role in the promotion and exploration of photography as an art form. He also helped introduce modern art to an American audience. In 1902 Stieglitz established the ‘Photo-Secession’ – a society of carefully selected pictorial (the term ‘pictorial’ referred to the artistic aesthetics of contemporary painting) photographers, which operated until 1917.

This image of a train steaming towards the camera is a comment on the magnificent power, yet also the beauty, of the machine age. With its lack of sharp focus it is a typical example of the pictorialist style, which dominated during the late 19th and early 20th century. The photograph was printed for the quarterly photographic journal Camera Work.

Stieglitz published Camera Work (1903–1917) with the editorial purpose of promoting the ideas of the ‘Photo-Secession’ and establishing photography as a fine art. The first issue was printed in December 1902, and like all of the subsequent issues it contained beautiful hand-pulled photogravures, critical writings on photography, and commentaries on photographers and exhibitions. In 1905 Stieglitz then opened the ‘little galleries of the Photo-Secession’ in New York at 291 Fifth Avenue, which later became known as gallery ‘291’.

Physical description

A photograph of a train on the tracks of a railyard with steam coming from the engine.

Place of Origin

New York (photographed)
New York (printed)


1903 (photographed)
1911 (published)


Stieglitz, Alfred, born 1864 - died 1946 (photographer)
The Manhattan Photogravure Company (printers (people))

Materials and Techniques

photogravure on paper


Height: 195 mm image, Width: 159 mm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Alfred Stieglitz, 'In the New York Central Yards', photogravure, 1903, published in 'Camera Work' Number 36, October 1911, p. 14

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set, volume 1. Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2002





Subjects depicted

Railyards; Trains; Railways



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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