NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will put on display on Wednesday the groundbreaking photographs of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Paul Strand.
The exhibition "Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand" features 115 works of these three early 20th-century American photography masters who hoisted their medium into an accepted art form.
In Stieglitz's exhibition room, the most famous works are the portraits he took for his lover Georgia O'Keffee. Alfred took 331 pictures for Georgia over a time period of 20 years. Among the 15 pictures on exhibition, visitors are able to get a closer look at her body parts including hands, feet and neck.
The most eye-catching work in the exhibition of Steichen is his famous photo of the Flatiron Building, the first skyscraper in New York City. The photographer used different colorations to make the photo a classic piece in American photography.
Strand was just a decade younger than his contemporaries Stieglitz and Steichen, but represented a generational shift in the style of photography from painterly prints to graphic depictions of street life in the machine age.
Malcolm Daniel, curator of the museum, said the purpose to bring these three giants together in this exhibition was to let people know their significant contributions to American photography in the early 20th century.
"Maybe they (audiences) know the Flatiron from books, posters or postcards, but just standing in front of these large pictures is a kind of spiritual experience, something that I think can move the soul a little bit," Daniel told Xinhua.
The exhibition will run from November 10, 2010 to April 10, 2011.