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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/Joseph T. Keiley/1911/1912,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, (accessed February 24, 2020).


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A Wall Street lawyer who lived in Brooklyn, Keiley was one of Stieglitz’s closest colleagues from 1898 to 1914. An amateur photographer, he collaborated with Stieglitz on the refinement of the glycerine process for local development of platinum prints. Stieglitz enlisted Keiley’s help as associate editor first of Camera Notes and later Camera Work. Keiley steadfastly supported Stieglitz’s endeavors until his death in 1914, even though he had little sympathy with modern European art. On 25 December 1913 Stieglitz inscribed a copy of Camera Work to Keiley, writing, “Photography has had many photographers. Photography has had but few friends. Amongst the photographers there were but few real men. To one of the few who was and is a friend of photography, as I understand the term. Above all to one who is a man” (private collection, copy in NGA files).

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Stieglitz Collections

A corresponding print was given to the following institution(s) by Alfred Stieglitz during his lifetime, or was received or acquired from the estate:

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, YCAL MSS 85, box 124, folder 2478

George Eastman Museum, Rochester, 74:0052:0056 (inscribed: Joseph T. Keiley, 1909 / Exhibition 1921)

Lifetime Exhibitions

A print from the same negative—perhaps a photograph from the Gallery’s collection—appeared in the following exhibition(s) during Alfred Stieglitz’s lifetime:

1921, New York (no. 22, as Joseph T. Keiley, 1907)


by later hand, on mount, lower left verso, in graphite: 33 A


Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.

Associated Names
O'Keeffe, Georgia
Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 1, cat. 372.
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