Blind

Artist: Paul Strand (American, New York 1890–1976 Orgeval, France)

Date: 1916

Medium: Platinum print

Dimensions: 34 x 25.7 cm (13 3/8 x 10 1/8 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933

Accession Number: 33.43.334

Rights and Reproduction: ©1997, Aperture Foundation Inc., Paul Strand Archive

Description

In 1916 Strand made a series of candid street portraits with a handheld camera fitted with a false lens attached to its side, allowing him to point the camera in one direction while actually taking the photograph in another. This seminal image of a street peddler was published in 1917 in Alfred Stieglitz's magazine Camera Work. It immediately became an icon of the new American photography, which integrated the humanism of social documentation with the boldly simplified forms of modernism. This large platinum print is the only known vintage exhibition print of this image.

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