Tir A' Mhurain: The Outer Hebrides of Scotland

Preface by Catherine Duncan
Text by Basil Davidson

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128 pages Hardcover 978-0-89381-993-4 2002

In 1954 Paul Strand and his wife Hazel spent three months traversing the rugged island of South Uist, off the west coast of Scotland. "Tir a'Mhurain" reflects the impressions they gathered during their stay. Juxtaposing people and landscape, Strand's photographs depict the perfect complicity he saw between nature and habitation in this wild terrain. Whether they are of rocks and sea or a grinning shepherd boy, scudding clouds hanging over seaside houses or the wrinkled face of an old lady, Strand's images capture the essence and complexity of a singular place.
This new edition of "Tir a'Mhurain," which includes rare images never before published, is a true masterpiece of photography. In the spirit of the Aperture editions of Strand's classic works "La France de Profil" (2001) and "Un Paese" (1997), this volume celebrates the beauty of everyday life.

Paul Strand (1890-1976) was born in New York City. His work earned him universal acclaim as one of this century's greatest photographers.

Catherine Duncan met Paul and Hazel Strand soon after their arrival in Paris, in 1950. During the latter years of their friendship she worked closely with Strand on texts for his books and portfolios. Duncan lives in Paris, where she directs workshops on collage for the French Department of Education. She has published plays and essays, and "The Grandmother's Book, "for children.

Basil Davidson is the author of more than ten books on African history and has devoted over thirty years to the intensive study of the African peoples. His books include "The African Past, The Atlantic Slave Trade, Lost Cities of Africa, African Kingdoms" and "The History of West Africa to 1800."