Paul Strand 1890-1976


Paul Strand began his career in the 1910s in New York City. He studied under Lewis Hine who introduced him to the Photo Secessionist Gallery and the work of Alfred Stieglitz and Clarence H. White. In 1916 Strand's photographs appeared in Camera Work and Stieglitz wrote that "Strand is without doubt the most important photographer developed in this country since Alvin Langdon Coburn. Strand's sharp, clean and formally rigorous images aligned him with the school of 'Straight Photography'In 1936, Strand along with Berenice Abbot established the Photo League, an organization create to provide radical press with photos of political protests and trade union activities. It then lead to the group photographing working class communities. The Museum of Modern Art in New York held a full-scale retrospective of Strand's work in 1945. 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) and Ghana: An African Portrait (1976). Paul Strand died on 31st March, 1976.