Songs of the Sky, No. 2 / Equivalent, Portrait of Georgia, No. 3

Alfred Stieglitz1923

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Stieglitz, a great promoter of Modernism in America and an advocate of photography as art, began pointing his camera skyward in 1922. His images of evanescent clouds were meant to express his own fleeting emotional states and reflect the dynamism of a world in constant flux. Originally Stieglitz titled them "songs of the sky," but he later came to call them "equivalents of my most profound life experience." The works focus on abstract qualities of proportion, rhythm, and harmony, presenting pure form as music for the eye.


  • Title: Songs of the Sky, No. 2 / Equivalent, Portrait of Georgia, No. 3
  • Creator: Alfred Stieglitz
  • Date Created: 1923
  • Location Created: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 9.2 × 11.8 cm (3 5/8 × 4 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 91.XM.63.12
  • Culture: American
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864 - 1946)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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