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Charles Berg 
Portrait-Studie 
[Die Kunst in der Photographie (Art Folio #1)] 
1898 
  
Photogravure 
15.0 x 11.5 cm 
  
Photoseed 
Photograph courtesy PhotoSeed.com 
  
 
LL/16416 
  
Heliographed (Plate) & Printed by: Georg Buxenstein & Comp. (Berlin)
 
Charles I. Berg (sic: listed as C. J. Berg on photogravure and on plate list) (New York)
 
Berg (1856-1926.) studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and London and began a practice as an architect in New York City in 1880. In 1897, the Gillender Building, which he designed, was completed. The Gillender, demolished in 1910, was one of New York City's earliest skyscrapers at twenty-stories. In 1896, he became a founding member of the Camera Club of New York and its first print committee chairman. Berg's photographs frequently pictured classically draped models surrounded with architectural elements. (Peterson, Christian A. Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Notes The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in association with W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1993, p.159)
 
This rather "straight" photograph is reminiscent of studies done by Stieglitz of his wife Georgia O'Keefe. A fascinating variant of this image was published in The Photographic Times in 1897 titled "Adoration". This version can be seen at www.photogravure.com. 
 

 
  
 
  
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