Heinrich Kühn and Alfred Stieglitz were long recognized as leaders of the Pictorialist movement by 1904, the year they finally first met in Austria. Stieglitz was the champion of the genre in the United States, giving voice to the most talented and innovative photographers in his publications Camera Notes
and later Camera Work
. Kühn himself won a great deal of acclaim showing his work in amateur photographic club exhibitions throughout Europe, and endeavored to unite other photographers working in the Pictorialist vein. Although Stieglitz was aware of Kühn’s work for some time, having included him in a 1900 issue of Camera Notes
and reviewing his work in American Amateur Photographer
, their meeting in Austria cemented the photographers’ professional and personal relationship. In the subsequent years, Kühn and Stieglitz would trade countless letters regarding technical advances and exhibition opportunities, as well as on personal subjects of family and colleagues. Kühn made the present photograph during that first meeting on 19 August 1904.
Extant prints of this image are scarce. Platinum prints of this image are in the collections of the Bank Austria Kunstforum, Wien, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg.