To quote scholar Estelle Jussim: "If ever there was a photographer with lofty aesthetic aims, it was Alfred Stieglitz [(1864-1946)], patron saint of 'straight photography', founder of the Photo-Secessionist ... Stieglitz's influence on both photography and art is best seen in microcosm through the magazine, Camera Work, in which he championed the medium as a means of artistic self expression on par with the fine arts. Camera Work served as a forum for criticism as well, publishing early writing on photography. Photographer, writer, publisher, and curator Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) was a visionary far ahead of his time.
Steichen—who donated studio space that became the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession in 1905, familiarly known as "291" for its address on Fifth Avenue. As proprietor of the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession and publisher of the photographic journals Camera Notes and Camera Work, Alfred Stieglitz was a major force in the promotion and elevation of photography as a fine art in America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Alfred Stieglitz: Camera Work - The Complete Illust... by Roberts, Pam Paperback.