Rebecca, New York
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© Aperture Foundation

Paul Strand
American, New York City, 1923
Palladium print
9 11/16 x 7 5/8 in.

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In 1921 Paul Strand married the painter Rebecca Salsbury. During the early years of their marriage, he photographed her frequently, making this intimate portrait of her in 1923. It is a close-up study of her peaceful, sleeping face, her chin resting gently on her bare shoulder against the white bed linen. The folds and curves of her flesh are softened in the even lighting that bathes her skin, while the claustrophobically close cropping emphasizes her form and at the same time diminishes her more individual features.