Maybe Stieglitz is a Napoleon of art. Napoleon was a great man – to the masses – a spectacular figure to anyone. The popular tendency has always been to idolize spectacular leaders, – ruthless, selfish climbers, while the really great, the noble, but less dramatic are passed unnoticed. Even a Christ is forgotten unless his end is theatrical, – nailed to a cross, or somehow headlined.
No — Stieglitz, who has, or had idealism could not in justice be so labelled. But it has come to me of late that comparing one man’s work to another’s, naming one greater or lesser, is a wrong approach.
The important and only vital question is, how much greater, finer, am I than I was yesterday? Have I fulfilled my possibilities, made the most of my potentialities?
A marvellous world if all would, – could hold this attitude toward life. – Edward Weston
From the Daybooks of Edward Weston, Friday, August 31, 1928
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