Portrait - New York

Object Details

Title:

Portrait - 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 print

Dimensions:

33.3 x 23.7 cm (13 1/8 x 9 5/16 in.)

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I suddenly got the idea of making portraits of people the way you see them in New York parks-sitting around, not posing, not conscious of being photographed. People involved in the process of daily living. So wrote Paul Strand of a series of images he made early in his career. This photograph was made in New York City's Washington Square Park.

Photographed without her knowledge by the use of a fake lens mounted on the side of his camera and front to disguise his attention, the anonymous woman appears slightly off center. Her sad, introspective expression echoes in every furrowed line on her weathered face. The delicate decoration of her hat and the satiny shimmer of her scarf help soften the aging that dramatically marks her countenance.

Exhibitions
Persistent Themes: Notable Photography Acquisitions, 1985 - 1990 (June 5 to September 2, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 5 to September 2, 1990, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, May 26 to July 21, 1991, (Cat.)
  • Saint Louis Art Museum, (Saint Louis), August 11 to October 6, 1991, (Cat.)
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995, (Cat.)
Capturing Time: A Celebration of Photographs (December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998, (Cat.)
Paul Strand, Circa 1916 (March 9 to September 15, 1998)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), March 9 to May 31, 1998, (Cat.)
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, (San Francisco), June 19 to September 15, 1998, (Cat.)
Alfred Stieglitz and Modern Art in America (January 28 to April 22, 2001)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), January 28 to April 22, 2001, (Cat.)
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004, (Cat.)
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.)
In Focus: The Portrait (January 27 to June 14, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 27 to June 14, 2009, (Cat.)