Paul Strand in MexicoPhotographs by Paul Strand
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Paul Strand in Mexico is a lush, exquisitely printed volume of the complete photographic works made by Strand during his 1932–34 trip to Mexico, as well as a second journey in 1966—a total of 234 photographs, 123 never before published. The first publication to chronicle this pivotal time in Strand's career, it was published to coincide with the centennial of Mexican independence in 2010 and chronicles Strand's foundational idea of the "collective portrait," depicting a region through photographs of individuals, still lifes, and studies of architecture and religious subjects.
In-depth, scholarly texts by author James Krippner, Mexican photo-historian Alfonso Morales, Katherine Ware, Leo Hurwitz, David Alfaro Siqueros, and Anthony Montoya help contextualize this remarkable body of work. Also included in this essential volume is a restored DVD version of the groundbreaking film, Redes (The Waves, 1936), on which Strand collaborated with Emilio Gomez Muriel and Academy Award-winning director Fred Zinnemann.
Paul Strand in Mexico is co-produced by Aperture Foundation and Fundación Televisa, and made possible by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA), Mexico; the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius; the Tinker Foundation; and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. Additional support is provided by Geoffrey Gund through the Aperture Fund for Classics, and Paul Pincus and Roddy Gonsalves.
Paul Strand (born in 1890, New York; died in 1976, Orgeval, France) was one of the great photographers of the twentieth century. As a youth, he studied under Lewis Hine at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, going on to draw acclaim from such illustrious sources as Alfred Stieglitz and David Alfaro Siqueiros. After World War II, Strand traveled around the world to photograph, and in the process created a dynamic and significant body of work.
James Krippner (editor and author) is an associate professor of history at Haverford College. He is a scholar of Hispanic studies, specializing in visual culture, and is the author of Rereading the Conquest: Power, Politics, and the History of Early Colonial Michoacán, Mexico, 1521–1565 (2001).
Alfonso Morales (essay) is a historian and editor of the Centro de la Imagen's leading photography publication, Luna C—rnea.