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    Artist Name:

    Paul Strand

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1890–1976


    Blind Woman, New York




    Gelatin silver print


    Framed/Mounted: 19 15/16 x 15 15/16 inches Overall: 13 11/16 x 10 13/16 inches Image/Plate: 13 1/16 x 10 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of Michael E. Hoffman

    Accession Number:


    Currently Not on View
    A member of Stieglitz’s pictorialist circle and one of the earliest proponents of street photography, Paul Strand was an immensely influential twentieth-century photographer. In the fall of 1916, he took his camera into the streets, attaching a right-angle prism on his lens so that he could face one direction while looking in another. With this method, he sought to capture individual pedestrians detached from their urban surroundings. Rather than document the bustle of the New York City sidewalks, he instead chose to slow down movement with single portraits. This image of a blind woman is hauntingly powerful in its clarity and depiction of the isolation of the human spirit.

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