A slip cased hardcover exhibition catalog of photographs shown at the Met Museum in New York in 1978.
"Stieglitz photographed me first at his gallery "291" in the spring of 1917…My hands had always been admired since I was a little girl, but I never thought much about it. He wanted head and hands and arms on a pillow, in many different positions. I was asked to move my hands in many different ways and also my head, I had to turn this way and that...Stieglitz had a very sharp eye for what he wanted to say with the camera. When I look over the photographs Stieglitz took of me, some of them more than sixty years ago, I wonder who that person is. It is as if in my one life I have lived many lives. His idea of a portrait was not just one picture. His dream was to start with a child at birth and photograph that child in all of its activities as it grew to be a person and on throughout its adult life. As a portrait it would be a photographic diary." - Georgia O'Keeffe, 1978
The artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) and the photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) first met in 1916, when she heard that he was giving her drawings their first public showing - without her consent. The following year Stieglitz began his portrait of his future wife, according to his idea that a portrait was not just one photograph, but a series that would portray the many aspects of a person. Expanded from the original edition, which was prepared with O'Keeffe's assistance in 1978, this book includes a representative selection of 79 of the hundreds of photographs which were taken over a period of 30 years.