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Artist Name:

Paul Strand

Nationality & Life Dates:

American, 1890–1976

Title:

Blind Woman, New York

Date:

1916

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

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:

1990.66.2

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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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