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Paul Strand (1890 - 1976)

City Hall Park, New York, 1915

hand pulled dust grain photogravure

Along with Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, Strand is one of the American photographers who helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century. His work was promoted by Stieglitz in his "291" art gallery and in the influential publication, Camera Work. His early abstractions (most famously, Wall Street, 1915) as well as many of his later portraits and "portraits" of places, are icons of modern photography. Strand's liberal political associations led to his self-exile to France for the last 27 years of his life, where he continued to photograph and publish significant monographs of his work.