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For Paul Strand, the great pioneer of modernism, the summers of 1926 and 1930-1932 were a return to experimentation. The Southwest became his laboratory. With makeshift darkrooms--one in a hotel basement and another above the Taos movie theater--these were years 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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At first Strand's photography was all tension and geometry in the streets of New York. Suddenly, in his trips to Taos, it was all tension and geometry in sagebrush backlit under a confection of clouds, a single dark figure approaching a white cascade of adobe from its shadows, and Georgia O'Keefe's angular and naked body. Fifty of Strand's 1930-32 monochrome photographs of the Southwest are at the core of this collection, along with artifacts from his time there while he struggled with the end of a marriage and a mentorship. The experience attenuated Strand's mastery of a medium for which he had been born. The commentary includes quotes from a diverse group of artists and writers; the text is spare, fluid, and refuses to overshadow either the photography or the photographer.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

For Paul Strand, the great pioneer of modernism, the summers of 1926 and 1930-1932 were a return to experimentation and periods of great artistic growth. He worked in makeshift darkrooms-one in a hotel basement and another above the Taos movie theater. 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, through beautiful reproductions of his images from the period and a comprehensive collection of notes, illustrations, and ephemera.

While a handful of Strand's Southwest photographs have been previously published, 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931788465
Author:
Strand, Paul
Publisher:
Aperture
Author:
Busselle, Rebecca
Author:
Stack, Trudy Wilner
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
Photography, Artistic
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions
Subject:
Southwest, new
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Photography-Photographers
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
11.72x9.86x.64 in. 2.17 lbs.

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For Paul Strand, the great pioneer of modernism, the summers of 1926 and 1930-1932 were a return to experimentation and periods of great artistic growth. He worked in makeshift darkrooms-one in a hotel basement and another above the Taos movie theater. 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, through beautiful reproductions of his images from the period and a comprehensive collection of notes, illustrations, and ephemera.

While a handful of Strand's Southwest photographs have been previously published, 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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