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Paul Strand

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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.

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Photo of New Mexico, photograph by Paul Strand, 1930. © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation
New Mexico, photograph by Paul Strand, 1930. © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation

Photo of Wall Street, New York, photograph by Paul Strand, 1915. © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation
Wall Street, New York, photograph by Paul Strand, 1915. © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation

Photo of Young Boy, photograph by Paul Strand, 1951, Gondeville, Charente, France. © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation
Young Boy, photograph by Paul Strand, 1951, Gondeville, Charente, France. © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation

Photo of The Family, photograph by Paul Strand, 1953, Luzzara (The Lusettis).  © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation
The Family, photograph by Paul Strand, 1953, Luzzara (The Lusettis). © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation

Photo of Milly, John and Jean MacLellan, photograph by Paul Strand, 1954, South Uist, Hebrides.  © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation. Photograph Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Milly, John and Jean MacLellan, photograph by Paul Strand, 1954, South Uist, Hebrides. © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation. Photograph Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of American, 1890 – 1976, Couple, Rucăr, Romania, photograph by Paul Strand, 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
American, 1890 – 1976, Couple, Rucăr, Romania, photograph by Paul Strand, 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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