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Photograph—New York [Blind Woman, New York]

In 1916 the Pictorialist photographer Paul Strand began a series of shockingly candid portraits of people on the streets of New York City. These images, six of which were subsequently printed as photogravures in the journal Camera Work, are widely regarded as some of his best work and the beginning of a new modern, straight approach to photography in America. By shooting his subjects surreptitiously with a side-mounted lens, Strand captured the largely invisible strata of New York society—beggars, street vendors, and the homeless. Alfred Stieglitz said of Strand’s work: “It does not rely upon tricks of process.... The work is brutally direct. Devoid of all flim-flam; devoid of trickery and of any 'ism'; devoid of all attempt to mystify an ignorant public, including the photographers themselves. These photographs are the direct expression of today.”

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes all eleven plates from the final edition of Camera Work (Eskenazi Museum of Art 77.22.1–.11).

Paul Strand
American, 1890–1976
Photograph—New York [Blind Woman, New York], from Camera Work (no. 49/50)
1916 (published June 1917)
Photogravure
Image: 8 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (22.5 x 16.8 cm); sheet: 11 3/4 x 8 1/8 in. (29.8 x 20.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.22.3

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