Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France, 1951 © Paul Strand Archive
19th of March – 3rd July 2016, the V&A holds a retrospect of photographer Paul Strand, (1890-1976) part of a tour organised by Philadelphia Museum of Art. This is the first time Strand’s works has been show in London since his death.
Strand’s work has become recognised as a definitive mark between fine art and documentary photography, with referencing and inspiration taken by other photographers continually from Strand’s work.
The prints at the V&A expand the way we think about fine art photography. An extra 26 prints on display during this exhibition of Strand’s work are form the V&A’s own archive. These are accompanied with 200 objects from exquisite vintage photographic prints to films, books, notebooks, sketches and Strand’s own cameras to trace his career over sixty years.
Strand’s portraits are captivating with their candid and relaxed construction, often exposing the harsh reality of early 20th century in America. The rapid growth of New York City is the first topic of this exhibition. We are fundamentally viewing early street photography from one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.
The Family, Luzzara (The Lusettis), 1953 by Paul Strand © Paul Strand
Strand was an avid traveller with a passion for portraits and landscape. This passion took him around the world, capturing what wasthe disappearance of many cultures that were becoming engulfed by globalisation during the time.
Many of Strand’s portraits focus on the naturel beauty of people in a relaxed and intimate setting, with an almost editorial style. In the construction of some of his groups of people together, you can imagine Strand producing the image, as well as the people within it.
Martin Barnes, curator of the exhibition said: “The V&A was one of a handful of UK institutions to collect Paul Strand’s work during his lifetime and the Museum now houses the most extensive collection of his prints in the UK. Through important additional loans, the exhibition will not only explore the life and career of Strand, but also challenge the popular perception of Strand as primarily a photographer of American places and people of the early 20th century.”
V&A South Kensington
London SW7 2RL
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Article: Christopher George
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