Three Roads Taken: The Photographs of Paul Strand (May 10, 2005 to June 10, 2006)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 10 to September 4, 2005, (Cat.)
- Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny), April 1 to June 10, 2006, (Cat.)
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Photograph - New York
Paul Strand (American, 1890 - 1976)
New York, United States (Place created)
negative 1916; print June 1917
22.4 x 16.7 cm (8 13/16 x 6 9/16 in.)
I remember coming across Paul Strand'sBlind Womanwhen I was very young, and that really bowled me over. . . . It's a very powerful picture. I saw it in the New York Public Library file of
The impact of seeing this striking image for the first time is evident in Walker Evans's vivid recollection. At the time, most photographers were choosing "pretty" subjects and creating fanciful atmospheric effects in the style of the
At once depicting misery and endurance, struggle and degradation, Strand's portrait of a blind woman sets up a complex confrontation. "The whole concept of blindness," as one historian has noted, "is aimed like a weapon at those whose privilege of sight permits them to experience the picture. . . ."