PAUL STRAND

Ralph Steiner
  • Manhatta: New York the Magnificent
  • Where the Pavement Begins 1928
  • The Wave 1935
  • The Plow That Broke the Plains 1936
  • Heart of Spain 1937
  • Native Land 1942
  • Paul Strand was born in New York City in October of 1890. At seventeen he attended a photography class taught by Lewis Hine and decided to become a photographer. He joined the Camera Club of New York and in 1912 set up his own commercial photography business. He experimented with photography while also serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as an x-ray technician, making the film Manhatta: New York the Magnificent with Charles Sheeler, and working as a cameraman for a medical film company.

    Strand continued with close-up photography and cinematography in locations such as Maine and Mexico. With Ralph Steiner and Leo Hurwitz, Strand photographed The Plow that Broke the Plains, and despite his previous "straight" art with nature and landscapes, two years later Strand established and presided over Frontier Films. After his departure from Frontier, Strand worked on several films for U.S. government agencies and with Hurwitz created a gallery of photographs featuring Roosevelt and his administration. Strand published several articles and continued his still photography in Europe until his death in 1976.

    Strand filming in 1935
    Strand filming The Wave in 1935.
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