From the 1979 book, Georgia O’Keeffe, a Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz:
The artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) and the photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) first met in 1916, when she heard that he was giving her drawings their first public showing – without her consent.
The following year Stieglitz began his portrait of his future wife, according to his idea that a portrait was not just one photograph, but a series that would portray the many aspects of a person.
Expanded from the original edition, which was prepared with O’Keeffe’s assistance in 1978, this book includes a representative selection of 79 of the hundreds of photographs which were taken over a period of 30 years.
The beautiful, intimate, images in this book speak to the passion, love and fascination between a man and a woman in a deeply physical and intellectual relationship.
The power of their connection is quite stunningly evident as O’Keeffe volunteers the gift of her personal vulnerability to the art of her lover’s lens.
This is a must-have on my – actual – bookshelf and best sourced through a worldwide seller of many sources, such as abebooks online.
I would recommend also a marvellous documentary on Stieglitz that I blogged about here a few years ago: The Eloquent Eye.
The opening scenes from this documentary, of snow falling In monochrome early 20th century New York, are extraordinarily atmospheric and quite beautiful. Do catch this if you have the opportunity.