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Paul Strand Southwest by Paul Strand
Book DescriptionFor Paul Strand the summers of 1926 and 1930-1932 marked a period of critical artistic growth. Absorbing the Southwest's complex cultural history, Strand made pictures that merged realism with abstraction, and formalism with an American romanticism. He began to shape his ideas of photographing a region in depth - the collective portraiture that he later expanded in Mexico, New England, Africa, and Europe. The Southwest period brought not only artistic renewal, but also personal turmoil. His political and social ideas were shifting, and his relationship with the two most important people in his life - his wife Rebecca and his mentor Alfred Stieglitz - were disintegrating. This book reconstructs, in an intimate, visual way, the emotional and creative swirl around Paul Strand. Each summer the Strands stayed with Mabel Dodge Luhan at her fabled Taos ranch, where many illustrious guests drifted through, from D. H. Lawrence to Ansel Adams. The linking of Strand's photographs to the New Mexico paintings of his friends Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Georgia O'Keeffe (enriched by many personal letters, snapshots, and artifacts) reveals the flavor of an extraordinary environment and the cross-pollination of ideas. While a handful of Strand's Southwest photographs have been previously published, Ranchos de Taos Church and City Hall among them, this period of his outstanding career remains largely unexplored. Paul Strand Southwest presents many images for the first time, including dramatic landscapes, decayed ghost towns, the noble architecture of adobe churches, and his final, austere portraits of Rebecca.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781931788465
(289mm x 243mm x 16mm)
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paul Strand
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Paul Strand, Hardback (November 2014)
Introduces the history and art of photography to a broader public. This book provides a comprehensive view of the artists who have helped shape the medium.
Paul Strand: the Garden at Orgeval, Hardback (October 2012)
Deals with the study of the forms and patterns within nature of tiny buttonshaped flowers, cascading winter branches, and fierce snarls of twigs. This books task is to do credit to Strands final work, both as an individual and as a key figure in Modernist photography.
Paul Strand in Mexico, Hardback (November 2010)» View all books by Paul Strand
In search of a fresh start, Strand traveled to Mexico City in late 1932 at the invitation of Carlos Chavez, the eminent Mexican composer and conductor. The work he created during this key period reflects a time of intense productivity, and of creative renewal. This book tells the story of Strands journeys through Mexico in the early 1930s.
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