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Paul Strand: Masters of Photography Series Hardcover – May 31, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Masters
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; New edition edition (May 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893817465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893817466
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "everwonderwhy" on November 23, 2001
as a person who has been close with the Strand family for a long time, i have to say that out of personal relations and out of knowing the full potential for paul and his family, this book is amazing. you have to remember that there is a face and a mind behind this camera, and the amazing talent that people must have in the first place to even be able to spot beauty in the everyday things. if you can take the time to look at the power of these photographs as a human being with a powerfully capable mind and not as a critic, prone to hang on every little detail instead of fully trying to enjoy the pieces in question, i can garauntee that you will be completely satisfied with this collection. in my mind it will always be stunning.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bukkene Bruse VINE VOICE on January 7, 2005
This collection is a nice, compact, and inexpensive glipse at a range of Paul Strand's photographs from throughout his long 60 year career. I would have prefered the book to be a little larger to allow for bigger pictures. The print quality is decent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2015
I recently pulled off the shelf "Paul Strand: Essays on His Life and Work", which Aperture published in 1990 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Strand's birth. Unfortunately, like so many other books on photography (as well as other visual arts), there was too much analysis and too much hot air. An inner voice began clamoring, "Just let me see the photographs!" I finally heeded it, put down the volume of bloviation, and turned once again to this wonderful book, which consists almost exclusively of Paul Strand photographs.

There are forty-eight photographs, spanning Strand's career, from 1915 to 1973. Included are examples from the major geographic locales where Strand worked: New York City, New England, Mexico and New Mexico, Gaspé, Egypt, Ghana, the Hebrides; Luzzara, Italy and Orgeval, France. Among the forty-eight are Strand's best-known photographs. Collectively, the contents demonstrate the wide range of Strand's art: modernistic fascination with form, social engagement, refined romanticism, and humanistic compassion. They also display Strand's technical precision and prowess.

The photographs are presented one per two-page spread, with the photograph on the right-hand page and no accompanying text or captions (the way photographs should but not always are printed). Nonetheless, the book does contain a few words -- a useful three-page introduction; a listing of the photographs near the end of the volume; a brief chronology; and a four-page bibliography.

I have the 1987 first edition, in paperback. Aperture has reissued the book several times. If you aren't familiar with the work of Paul Strand, I highly recommend this book, especially given its relatively low price. It serves as an excellent introduction to a great photographer.
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