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    • By: Amy Siter
    • Biography Paul Strand lived from 1890 until 1976 Paul Strand studied under Lewis Hine and Alfred Steiglitz. Hine’s modernist approach to photography had a big impact on strand. In 1914 he turned from soft-focus pictoralism towards abstraction. Strand helped establish photography as a legitimate art form in the 20th century His final portfolio included 60 years worth of photographs
    • Wall Street Originally named, “Pedestrians raked by morning light in a canyon of commerce”
    • From the El(1915)“Strands vision of thecity during these yearsoften focuses on theproblematic exchangebetween the sweep andrigor of the urban gridwith the human livesthat inhabit and passthrough it.”
    • Wire Wheel(1917)Strand had been interested inmechanics and cars sincechildhood, so he began to useskyscrapers and machines asmain subjects in hisphotography.
    • House and Billboard (1916)125 St. Viaduct(1916)
    • Blind(1916)Strand made a series ofcandid street portraitswith a handheld camerafitted with a specialprismatic lens.This photo immediatelybecame an icon of thenew Americanphotography
    • Porch ShadowsTwinLakes, Connecticut(1916)Strand would use theporch as his studio andphotographed ordinaryobjects or simply theshadows of the porchrailings.This picture is among thefirst photographicabstractions to be madeintentionally.
    • Bowls and Pears (1917)Strand photographed a series ofbowls and pears. This was a bigpart of his abstract photographs.He loved the smooth shapes andshadows showing the differentplanes and depths.
    • Geometric Backyards, New York(1917)It was only afterhe had madeabstractions fromporch shadows inConnecticut, thathe could see thebackyards,sheets, andshadows this way.After he took thispicture he said,“New York is avisual abstraction”
    • Nature Series “These pictures are not descriptions of particular plants; they are, rather, miniature landscapes”
    • HaroldGreengard, TwinLakes, Connecticut (1917)Experimenting with radical camera angles and photographing atclose range, Strand created this unique portrait of his best friend,Harold Greengard, whose smart figure cuts a diagonal across afield of muted, indistinct planes
    • The Family: Luzzara, Italy(1953)
    • Young Boy, Italy(1953)
    • Strand published a series of books including: -Time in New England (1950) -France in Profile (1952) -Un Paese (1954) -Mexican Portfolio (1967) -Outer Hebrides (1968) -Ghana: An African Portrait (1976).
    • Sources:• http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Paul-Strand.html• http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/pstd/hd_pstd.htm• http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artMakerDetails?maker=1899• http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Paul-Strand.html• http://www.leegallery.com/paul-strand/paul-strand-photography