"[This image] did much to lead American photography toward sharp-focus realism as well as abstraction, toward urban subjects and the machine aesthetic." —Milton W. Brown
Among Paul Strand's early works, Wall Street is recognized by collectors and scholars as an icon of modernism, an image that redefined the art of photography. This world-famous image is among the most often reproduced masterworks of photography. Of all the great photographers of the twentieth century, Strand most truly embodies the aspirations and spirit of his age. For more than sixty years, he created photographs that are a result of concentration on essentials, purity, passion, and precision in a form that sustains these qualities as a lasting inheritance. Strand's work has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in major collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern ARt, New York, among others.
Paul Strand (born in New York, 1890; died in Orgeval, France, 1976) is 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. After World War II, Strand traveled around the world—from New England to Ghana, France to the Outer Hebrides—to photograph, and in the process created a dynamic and significant body of work.