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Paul Strand : an American vision
Greenough, Sarah, 1951-
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Publication Information:
Washington : National Gallery of Art, in association with Aperture Foundation, [1990]

Physical Description:
171 pages : illustrations ; 33 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition to be held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Dec. 2, 1990-Feb. 3, 1991, and five other museums.
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TR647 .S85 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
TR647 .S85 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
TR647 .S85 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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To honor the 100th birthday of America's internationally preeminent photographer, Paul Strand, the National Gallery of Art presents a collection of his most profound photographs and outstanding images demonstrating Strand's purity of vision. 113 black-and-white photographs, 30 duotones.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In honor of the centenary of Strand's birth, this big, impressive book displays the contents of an exhibition that opens December 2 in Washington and travels to Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and London during the next two years. Arguably the most important American photographer of the early twentieth century, Strand, as Sarah Greenough remarks in a biocritical essay, inextricably melded the influences of the great fin de siecle documentary photographer Louis Hine, his first teacher, and pioneer aesthetic photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who became his mentor and friend. Strand's work--consisting of abstract contemplations of everyday objects, city street scenes, monumental portraiture, close-up figure and floral studies, and depictions of poor and working people in many different countries--can seem to prefigure and contain that of several of his contemporaries, including Charles Sheeler (his collaborator as a filmmaker), Edward Weston, Walker Evans, even Cartier-Bresson. Although expensive, this exquisitely printed album (104 plates, although monochromes, have been printed in six-colors, producing an astonishing richness of tonality) is essential to thoroughgoing photography collections. Chronology, exhibition list, notes. ~--Ray Olson

Library Journal Review

This rich publication accompanying a major retrospective traveling exhibition commemorates the centennial of Strand's birth (1890). Undisputably one of America's most important photographers, Strand took his inspiration from everyday life, trying to reveal the spirit of individual objects and exploring the relationships between people, objects, and their environment. In addition to his memorable portraits and still-lifes from New York and scenes from Taos, Mexico, Italy, France, and New England, Strand made many important films, such as Manhattan (1920), The Plow That Broke the Plains (1935), and Native Land (1942). Distinguishing this book are highly faithful reproductions of 104 black-and-white photographs , accomplished by a new six-color printing process, and 40 more printed in duotone. Including a number of newly published images, a fine essay by Sarah Greenough chronicling Strand's life and work, and letters and published writings by him, this book is highly recommended despite the high price.-- Ann Copeland, Champaign, Ill. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This superb publication, a joint venture of Aperture and the National Gallery of Art to mark the centennial of Paul Strand's birth presents a complete view of his genius. Strand has long been considered one of the greatest image makers ever, a sensitive and sympatheic person who photographed a wide array of subjects, including machine studies, nudes, portraits, and New York cityscapes, all of which appear in this volume. Although some of these images have been seen before, many have not; they are peaceful, powerful, and provoking. This is truly a complete view of the man and his work. The photographs are exquisitely printed and Sarah Greenough's text is insightful and thorough. Very highly recommended for all libraries, academic and public. -H. Branch, Oregon State University