love letters between alfred stieglitz and his beloved georgia o'keeffe

" I wonder if your body wants mine the way mine wants yours — the kisses — the hotness — the wetness — all melting together — the being held so tight that it hurts — the strangle and the struggle."

"How I wanted to photograph you — the hands — the mouth — & eyes — & the enveloped in black body — the touch of white — & the throat "

(portraits of Georgia O'Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz)

The story of the love between photographer Alfred Stieglitz and painter Georgia O’Keeffe fascinates, not only because it tracks a significant time in the development of modern art, but also because it is laced with the humanity and fragility that makes for a passion far more interesting than fiction. They were artists together. They shared a devotion as well as an honesty that reflected a relationship unique for its time. They cycled from intense heat for each other to a shaky acknowledgment that much of what they desired out of life could not be completely fulfilled by the other, and then back to gratitude for having found someone with whom they could celebrate the human limits of their love.

Their letters from this period,revealing the intensity of their passion have been collected and published in the book My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz: 1915–1933 by Sarah Greenough.

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