Paul Strand

Photography Centre, Rooms 99 – 101

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If the photographer is not a discoverer, then he is not an artist.

Paul Strand

Paul Strand was one of the greatest and most influential photographers of the 20th century whose images have defined the way fine art and documentary photography is understood and practised today.

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Strand’s career included his breakthrough trials in abstraction and candid street portraits, close-ups of natural and machine forms, and extended explorations of the American Southwest, Mexico, New England, France, Italy, Scotland, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, and Romania.

Collection Highlights

New Mexico, 1930, Paul Strand © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation
Wall Street, New York, 1915, Paul Strand © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation
Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France, 1951, Paul Strand © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation
The Family, Luzzara (The Lusettis), 1953, Paul Strand © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation
Milly, John and Jean MacLellan, South Uist, Hebrides, 1954, Paul Strand © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation. Photograph Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Paul Strand, American, 1890-1976, Couple, Rucăr, Romania, 1967, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Paul Strand Retrospective, Collection, 1915-1975, gift of the estate of Paul Strand, 1980 © Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation

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