In 1916 Strand made a series of candid street portraits with a handheld camera fitted with a false lens attached to its side, allowing him to point the camera in one direction while actually taking the photograph in another. This seminal image of a street peddler was published in 1917 in Alfred Stieglitz's magazine Camera Work. It immediately became an icon of the new American photography, which integrated the humanism of social documentation with the boldly simplified forms of modernism. This large platinum print is the only known vintage exhibition print of this image.
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Title:Blind Woman, New York
Artist:Paul Strand (American, New York 1890–1976 Orgeval, France)
Dimensions:34 × 25.7 cm (13 3/8 × 10 1/8 in.) Mount: 43 × 32.6 cm (16 15/16 × 12 13/16 in.) Frame: 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm)
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in pencil on print, verso, bottom right: "-Paul Strand- // -1916-"; signed and inscribed in pencil on mount, recto, bottom right: "-Paul Strand-1916-"; inscribed in pencil in unknown hand, verso, center left: "Strand, Paul // 314 West 83rd St. // "Blind" 1916 // Platinotype"
Paul Strand; Alfred Stieglitz
This print was made from an enlarged negative. There is a 0.2 - 0.8 cm. black border surrounding the image which was included in the image size dimensions. In Camera Work, No.49/50, June 1917, the photograph was reproduced with the title " Photograph - New York". The text on page 36 states: "The original prints are 11 x 14"
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry, a non-invasive method for elemental analysis, confirmed that the image material for this print is platinum. (See also Barro in References)
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