New York

Object Details

Title:

New York

Artist/Maker(s):

Paul Strand (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

New York, New York, United States (Place created)

Date:

1916

Medium:

Platinum or platinum and palladium print

Dimensions:

24.4 x 32.9 cm (9 5/8 x 12 15/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Aperture Foundation

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Paul Strand's sharply focused image shows New York City nearly unencumbered by pedestrian or automotive traffic. In the foreground, spindly, leafless trees line up against massive apartment buildings. The same year this photograph was made, Strand exhibited his work at 291, a gallery operated by Alfred Stieglitz. An influential pioneer in the effort to elevate photography to the status of art, Stieglitz described Strand's work as "brutally direct, devoid of all flim-flam, devoid of trickery and of any 'ism.'" "These photographs," he stated, "are the direct expression of today."

Strand made this photograph shortly after becoming acquainted with Stieglitz and the Photo-Secessionist movement. The clarity of this image illustrates how deeply Stieglitz influenced Strand. Prior to their meeting, Strand's work was in the soft-focus style of Pictorialism.

Exhibitions
The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 10 to October 28, 2001
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
  • Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny), April 1 to June 10, 2006