Twin Lakes, Connecticut

Object Details


Twin Lakes, Connecticut


Paul Strand (American, 1890 - 1976)






Gelatin silver and platinum print


31.3 x 23.7 cm (12 5/16 x 9 5/16 in.)


© Aperture Foundation

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Pointing his camera up and tilting the frame resulted in this dynamic study of architecture and sky made by Paul Strand during a summer retreat to Twin Lakes, Connecticut. The edges of the roof, pillar, and porch railing that enter the frame at the top barely resemble their functional form; instead they are neatly transformed into triangle, parallelogram, and line. By contrast, the natural shapes of cumulus and cirrus cloud formations fill the sky, balancing the human-made geometric forms in both tone and texture.

Rare States and Unusual Subjects: Photographs by Paul Strand, Andre Kertesz, and Man Ray (July 7 to September 6, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 7 to September 6, 1987
The Art of Paul Strand (December 2, 1990 to October 6, 1991)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), December 2, 1990 to February 3, 1991
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, May 26 to July 21, 1991
  • Saint Louis Art Museum (Saint Louis), August 11 to October 6, 1991
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