Photograph
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2009.56
People
Paul Strand, American (New York, New York 1890 - 1976 Orgeval, France)
Title
Photograph
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Camera Work 49/50 (1917)
Alternate Title: The White Fence, Port Kent, New York
Classification
Photographs
Work Type
photograph
Date
1917
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Photogravure
Dimensions
17 x 22 cm (6 11/16 x 8 11/16 in.)
sheet: 20.5 x 29.6 cm (8 1/16 x 11 5/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Fund for the Acquisition of Photographs
Copyright
© Aperture Foundation Inc., Paul Strand Archive
Accession Year
2009
Object Number
2009.56
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Commentary
Published in Camera Work, no. 49/50 (1917).

Label Text: 32Q: 1300 Early Modernism , written 2014
In the mid-1910s photographer Paul Strand abandoned the soft-focus, pictorialist style of his early work in favor of a realistic, “straight” approach. He was inspired in part by the 1913 Armory Show, where he viewed the works of modernist painters including Cézanne and Picasso. Intrigued by their abstract compositions, Strand sought to apply the same principles to his photographs. As these two works demonstrate, to free his subjects from their associated identities, Strand experimented with unusual angles and viewpoints, the graphic exchange of light and shadow, and the interplay of shape and form. The influential photographer and modern-art booster Alfred Stieglitz was so impressed by Strand’s work that in 1916 he gave him an exhibition at his Fifth Avenue gallery, 291, and, as if anointing him the future of photography, featured his images in the final two issues of the leading publication Camera Work.

Exhibition History

32Q: 1300 Early Modernism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014 - 04/29/2015

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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