Spring Keiley, Joseph  (American, 1869-1914)

Joseph T. Keiley, a lawyer, became Stieglitz’s closes friend and ally. Although active as a photographer, Keiley perhaps contributed most significantly to the pictorial movement as a writer. He worked for a few years with Stieglitz on Camera Notes, where he gained a reputation for his lengthy articles and exhibition reviews (up to thirty pages), and at Camera Work he was the associate editor most involved in the magazine until about 1910. When he died, at the age of 45, he was eulogized at length in the magazine, and his name remained on the masthead until the publication ceased. In Camera Work number 44, fellow editor J. B. Kerfoot characterized Keiley as “a dreamer of fine dreams who woke to do friendly deeds; a champion of lost causes who could, never-the-less, fight gloriously for obtainable ideals; a glowing intelligence, radiant but diffused when turned on selfish aims, yet capable of keenest focus for others; an enigma and a joy.” Among the handful of images by Keiley that appeared in Camera Work was this straightforward and elegant portrait of Mercedes de Cordoba (1879-1963), the beautiful wife of the artist Arthur B. Carles. (Peterson)


Peterson, Christian A. Camera Work: Process & Image : [exhibition, Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, August 31-November 3, 1985, Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, November 22, 1985-February 2, 1986]. Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of arts, 1985