beware of the hedgehog

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 What is 591? It has already been said.

In 1914 Stieglitz published a series of responses to the question "What is 291?" in an issue of Camera Work. Eugene Meyer responded with a free-form poem. To him 291 represented:

”An oasis of real freedom
A sturdy Islet of enduring independence in the besetting seas of Commercialism and Convention
A rest – when wearied
A stimulant – when dulled
A Relief
A Negation of Preconceptions
A Forum for Wisdom and for Folly
A Safety valve for repressed ideas
An Eye Opener
A Test—
A Solvent
A Victim and an Avenger"