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William Gordon Shields
Modern 19th - 1945 Photographer
(Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1883 - 1947)
A native of Hamilton Ontario, Shields moved to New York in the early 1900s and became involved with the nascent photographic scene, whose principle voice at that time was Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz's gallery Photo-Secession and his periodical Camera Work were the focal point of photographic scene but there was dissension within the ranks. A group known as the Pictorialists (of whom Shields was one) rejected Stieglitz's insistence on hard-edged realism, seeking instead to identify the infant art with poetry, painting and sculpture. Shield's pictorialist representations include St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Hudson River, the New York Harbor, San Francisco's Court of the Seasons and Court of the Palace of Fine Arts and many more