Paul Strand Collection Heads to Philly

Posted by David Ozanich — 18 Nov 2010


It was announced today that the Philadelphia Museum of Art is acquiring the definitive collection of the legendary photographer Paul Strand. Reports the Arts Beat blog:

Best known for his acute observations of the world around him, including stark portraits to architectural studies and luscious landscapes, Strand produced thousands of images from his travels around the globe. Eventually the museum will own thousands of these images -- vintage prints as well as negatives from every stage of his work -- that are among the most revered in the modernist canon.

"It's sort of a miracle that one institution will become home to virtually everything Strand,'' said Mr. Garcia de Oteyza. "No photographer of this caliber has everything in one place. Strand was so precise about how he printed and Philadelphia will have samples of the different techniques he used to print individual images so that scholars can see exactly how he worked.''

Mentioned in the article as being among his most famous images are "The Family, Luzzara, Italy" (1953) which you can see above via Christie's and "City Hall Park, New York" (1915) seen below via Art Blart.


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