Biography (b. 1864, d. 1976)
of the most important and influential photographers of the
twentieth century, Paul Strand pushed the medium of photography
into artistic terrain considered too difficult to describe
with a camera. His undeniable success brought photography
to its maturity. For concentrated power, formal coherence,
and human sensitivity, Standís photographs are unsurpassed.
In his early years, influenced by Cubism, he broke through
the Pictorialist aesthetic through focusing upon purity
of form and composition, evident in all of his work. Finding
subject matter across the US, from New York City to the
Southwest, as well as through Europe, Strand's dedication
to straight photography makes him a critical figure in the
history of photography.