Paul Strand: Essays on His Life and Work

Stange, Maren (Edited by)

Published by Aperture, 1991
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ix, 319 pp., illus., biblio., index; 24 cm. Tight, clean copy. Cocked spine/lean. "A visionary artist of the twentieth century, Paul Strand was much more than a gifted imagemaker. Throughout his long and productive life which ended in 1976, Strand was a leading advocate of photography as a fine art and a political activist deeply committed to social issues. He was an innovative filmmaker and a pioneer in developing photography books that combined images with words. To celebrate the centenary of Paul Strand's birth, an international team of scholars and writers, many of whom knew or worked with Strand, has produced a volume of essays and meditations on his life and work. / Maren Stange is assistant professor of American Studies and coordinator of the program in communication studies at Clark University. She is the author of Symbols of Ideal Life: Social Documentary Photography in America, 1890-1950." - Publisher. CONTENTS: The three roads, by Milton W. Brown; The early years, by Naomi Rosenblum; Women of Santa Anna, Mexico, 1933, by Gloria Naylor; Modernist perspectives and romantic impulses: Manhatta, by Jan-Christopher Horak; Portrait of a marriage: Paul Strand's photographs of Rebecca, by Belinda Rathbone; The transition years: New Mexico, by Steve Yates; Mr. Bennett, Vermont, 1944, by Russell Banks; Print making, by Richard Benson; Photographs of Mexico, 1940, by Katherine C. Ware; Strand as mentor, by Anne Tucker; Susan Thompson, Cape Split, Maine, 1945, by Jim Harrison; A personal memoir, by Walter Rosenblum; Paul Strand as filmmaker, 1933-1942, by William Alexander; Time in New England: creating a usable past, by John Rohrbach. Bombed church, Host en Moselle, France, 1950, by Carolyn Forche; Praising humanity: Strand's aesthetic ideal, by Estelle Jussim; The TAC cover, by Naomi Rosenblum; Dynamic realist, by Mike Weaver; Arbres et maison, Botmeur, Finiste`re, 1950, by Jerome Liebling; Working with Strand, by Basil Davidson; Hilltown, by Brewster Ghiselin; Shop, Le Bacares, Pyrenees-Orientales, France, 1950, by Charles Simic; The years in Orgeval, by Catherine Duncan; Strand's love of country: a personal interpretation, by Robert Adams; Paul Strand, dead or alive, by Edmundo Desnoes; The family, Luzzara, Italy, 1953, by Reynolds Price. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: "Paul Strand is universally acclaimed as a master. His pictures rank highly among the most often reproduced masterworks of photography and have an honored place within the canon of modern art as such. People viewing his work for the first or the hundredth time find themselves captivated within a visual domain of extraordinary immediacy and freshness, not just in textures, shapes, and forms but in subtleties which make for resonating coherences within and among images."--Alan Trachtenberg, author of" Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to Walker Evans," excerpted from the" Introduction"
"In Strand's pictures, we find the work of a quiet but intense man who transmuted the real into the ideal, "the ordinary in man and the transitory in nature converted into eternal symbols.""--Estelle Jussim, author of "Slave to Beauty: The Eccentric Life and Controversial Career of F. Holland Day, Photographer, Publisher, Aesthete," from her essay
A visionary artist of the twentieth century, Paul Strand was much more than a gifted imagemaker. Throughout his long and productive life which ended in 1976, Strand was a leading advocate of photography as a fine art and a political activist deeply committed to social issues. He was an innovative filmmaker and a pioneer in developing photography books that combined images with words.
To celebrate the centenary of Paul Strand's birth, an international team of scholars and writers, many of whom knew or worked with Strand, has produced a volume of essays and meditations on his life and work. Alan Trachtenberg, professor of English and American Studies at Yale University, provides the insightful introduction. Gloria Naylor, Russell Banks, Jim Harrison, Carolyn Forché , Jerome Liebling, Charles Simic, and Reynolds Price respond, each uniquely, to individual photographs. Naomi Rosenblum, Jan-Christopher Horak, Robert Adams, Milton Brown, Richard Benson, Estelle Jussim, and Anne Tucker, among others, offer lively scholarship and comment. Jussim discusses Strand's aesthetic ideals; Horak contributes an evaluation of the motion picture "Manhatta," produced in 1921 by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler; Benson writes from personal experience about Strand's darkroom practices; and internationally-regarded photographic-historian Naomi Rosenblum offers a fresh account of Strand's early development.
Drawing on letters, journals, interviews, and previously unpublished writings, these thoughtful essays span Strands lifetime, from his remarkable debut in Alfred Stieglitz's periodical, "Camera Work," to his travels in the American Southwest and in Mexico, and his final years in Europe and Africa. These essays are an unsurpassed chronicle of artistic genius and a vital addition to the library of every serious photographer, Strand aficionado, cultural historian, and print collector.
Published in the 100th anniversary of Paul Strand's birth.
Robert Adams, William Alexander, Russell Banks, Richard Benson, Milton W. Brown, Basil Davidson, Edmundo Desnoes, Catherine Duncan, Carolyn Forché , Brewster Ghiselin, Jim Harrison, Jan-Christopher Horak, Estelle Jussim, Jerome Liebling, Gloria Naylor, Reynolds Price, Belinda Rathbone, John Rohrbach, Naomi Rosenblum, Walter Rosenblum, Charles Simic, Alan Trachtenberg, Anne Tucker, Katherine C. Ware, Mike Weaver, Steve Yates

About the Author: Paul Strand (born in 1890, New York; died in 1976, Orgeval, France) was one of the great photographers of the twentieth century. As a youth, he studied under Lewis Hine at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, going on to draw acclaim from such illustrious sources as Alfred Stieglitz and David Alfaro Siqueiros. After World War II, Strand traveled around the world―from New England to Ghana, France to the Outer Hebrides―to photograph, and in the process created a dynamic and significant body of work.

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Title: Paul Strand: Essays on His Life and Work
Publisher: Aperture
Publication Date: 1991
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