© Edward J. Steichen, 1904, Portrait of Carl Sadakichi Hartmann

[pub. in Camera Work 1904, N°7, July 1904]

"There is no art which affords less opportunity to execute expression than photography. Everything is concentrated in a few seconds, when after perhaps an hours seeking, waiting, and hesitation, the photographer sees the realization of his inward vision, and in that moment he has one advantage over most arts — his medium is swift enough to record his momentary inspiration." (Sadakichi Hartmann, ‘Portrait Painting and Portrait Photography’, 1899)

Quote from: Sadakichi Hartmann. ‘The valiant knights of Daguerre: selected critical essays on photography and profiles of photographic pioneers’ (Ed. by Harry W. Lawton, George Knox, Wistaria Hartmann Linton, University of California Press, 1978)

© Edward J. Steichen, 1904, Portrait of Richard Strauss

The German composer and conductor Richard Strauss (1864-1949) visited the United States for the first time in the spring of 1904. He came to New York expressly to conduct the premier of Symphonia domestica (1903), an orchestral work which caused a stir in the music community by detailing the composer’s own life at home with his wife and child.

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