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).