In what respects are our photographs deficient, more especially where compared with those of our English colleagues? (~) When we go through an exhibition of American photographs, we are struck by the conventionality of the subjects chosen; we see the same types of country roads, of wood interiors, the everlasting waterfall, village scenes; we see the same groups at doorsteps and on piazzas and the same unfortunate attempts at illustrating popular poetry; the same etc., etc., ad infinitum ( 1892 ).
Stieglitz on Photography. Compiled by Richard Whelan.
Aperture Foundation, 2000; 29.