Images as Equivalents

How can we photograph rocks, the desert or a forest scene to express our human emotions? What is the connection between Ansel Adams, Minor White and Alfred Stieglitz? Rafael Rojas has the story

Around 1920, Alfred Stieglitz took around 220 photographs displaying clouds in the sky, which created a turning point in the history of photography. It was the first time that photography had been used to display subject matter in an abstract way, deliberately and with the intent of conveying a subject which was not literally the subject matter, but metaphorically represented by it.

Today such an impact is quite difficult to comprehend, but at that time, photography as a creative artistic medium of expression was still not recognised.

With the notion of equivalents, Stieglitz introduced a major idea in…

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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