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Paul Strand

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PhotoUtopia Intro: Strand’s images are never purely aesthetic, he was interested in showing us the world anew. Strand’s work is varied in its approach yet unified in its visual strength. Above you can see his famous type-writer image, which shown at this scale has little impact, but printed at poster size it becomes a different creature, a reminder that art is always best viewed in its original context and format. A close ally to Stieglitz, Paul Strand showed us photography’s ability to decontextualise, turning the mundane into the extraordinary. Like Bernice Abbott, Strand had his misgivings about the modern city and his images tell a tale of a place where the buildings dominate, and the poor are dwarfed by the excesses of the architectural monoliths that surround them.

Wikipedia*Paul Strand (October 16, 1890 – March 31, 1976), was an American photographer and filmmaker who, along with fellow modernist photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century. His diverse body of work, spanning six decades, covers numerous genres and subjects throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa.
Born in New York City to Bohemian parents, in his late teens Strand was a student of renowned documentary photographer Lewis Hine at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. It was while on a fieldtrip in this class that Strand first visited the 291 art gallery – operated by Stieglitz and Edward Steichen – where exhibitions of work by forward-thinking modernist photographers and painters would move Strand to take his photographic hobby more seriously. Stieglitz would later promote Strand's work in the 291 gallery itself, in his photography publication Camera Work, and in his artwork in the Hieninglatzing studio. Some of this early work, like the well-known "Wall Street," experimented with formal abstractions.

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