Poplars Beside Porch, Lake George

Alfred Stieglitz

1864 - 1946

Poplars Beside Porch, Lake George

1932

Gelatin silver print
9 3/8 x 7 3/8 in. (23.8 x 18.7 cm)
Framed: 20 3/4 x 16 3/4 x 1 1/8 in. (52.7 x 42.5 x 2.9 cm)

Stieglitz first visited Lake George with his family in 1872 for a summer holiday. Even as a child it left a lasting impression on him, and at the age of thirteen he said it was the place he’d most like to live. As a result of the deep connection he felt to the area, he bought his family a home near the lake in 1886, as well as an old farmhouse on a 63-acre lot nearby in 1891. The second property, known as “The Hill,” was most famously his quiet retreat from the incessant buzz and speed of city life and where he hosted his closest friends.

Lake George was a recurring subject in Stieglitz’s photography throughout his life. From his reflections on nature—such as his Equivalents series and ideas of apples as a metaphor for an artist’s soul—to the documentation of family and friends, it was the place he was most at peace from his own frantic mind. After his death in 1946, Georgia O’Keeffe spread his ashes on the property.