The Family, Luzzara

The Family, Luzzara


Paul Strand

(American, 1890-1976)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 11.7 x 15 cm (4 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.); Matted: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.95



The Family, Luzzara is one of a remarkable set of images Paul Strand made during the course of five months spent in the Italian village of Luzzara, in the Po River Valley. This group portrait depicts the Lusetti family of tenant farmers in front of their house. The matriarch of the family is framed in the darkened doorway, surrounded by five of her eight surviving sons. Positioning the family members frontally and close to the camera, Strand conveyed very specific information about their physical characteristics and personalities, even though he intended them to be seen as enduring symbols of universal human qualities.

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