The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently showing a major retrospective of the photography of Paul Strand. The show runs until January 4th, 2015. It is a varied collection of Strand’s work over about a 50 year period and surveys his work from street portraits to abstraction and much more.
This exhibition includes approximately 250 of Strand’s finest prints, selected primarily from the Museum’s holdings, with important early prints from public and private collections. The wide range of imagery highlights how Strand radically changed his work at several key moments in an effort to identify photography’s pivotal role as a means of understanding and describing the modern world. The exhibition also features works by fellow artists from the Alfred Stieglitz circle (Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, and Arthur Dove), screenings of Strand’s films, and a selection of archival materials.
This is a show you should not miss. Strand and his contemporaries moved photography away from imitations of painting into photography of subject and were the cornerstones of what has developed in the fine art of photography over the past 100 years.