Vintage platinum print
Image: 24.4 x 31.7 cm (9 5/8 x 12 1/2 in.); Paper: 25.6 x 32.9 cm (10 1/16 x 12 15/16 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 50.8 cm (18 x 20 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1983.201
Photographs by Paul Strand © Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive
In 1917, Alfred Stieglitz hailed Strand as the future of photography as an art and devoted much of the final two issues of Camera Work to him. “His vision is potential. His work is pure. It is direct. It does not rely upon tricks of process. In whatever he does there is applied intelligence,” said Stieglitz. Strand draws upon the principles and themes of Pictorialism, finding inspiration in the rhythms of daily life in the city, the emotional intimacy of mother and child, and the contrast between natural and artificial forms. However, he also begins to assert a more boldly abstract vision through asymmetry, dynamic line, and strong contrasts, anticipating modernist trends in painting and photography that would prevail in the 1920s.
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