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Paul Strand

Photographer, Filmmaker

1890 - 1976 New York, USA

Paul Strand was one of the defining masters of early American modernist photography. Finding his own vision, in the early 20th century Strand began taking the photographs for which he is best known: scenes of urban hustle and bustle, formal abstractions, and street portraits. -

 A modernist, Strand was highly influenced by Alfred Stieglitz and Charles Sheeler. His work had a huge impact on the f/64 school of photographers (Ansel Adams, Edward Weston etc). -

By combining what he knew as art, with his love of the camera, Strand claimed his own place in photographic history by embracing similar ideas of the painters and sculptors, but applied it to photography and its uniqueness. Thus, he created a style of photography that was both direct and dynamic. - International Photography Hall of Fame 

Called upon to describe the photographer Paul Strand not long after his death, in 1976, his friend Georgia O’Keeffe chose two adjectives: “thick and slow.” She intended this as a compliment, if a slightly backhanded one: Strand was deliberative and thoughtful, in work as well as in life. - The New Yorker

Paul Strand (October 16, 1890 – March 31, 1976) was an American photographer and filmmaker who, along with fellow modernist photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century. His diverse body of work, spanning six decades, covers numerous genres and subjects throughout the Americas, Europe, and Africa.

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