Abstraction, Twin Lakes, Connecticut

Paul Strand American

Not on view

This picture is among the first photographic abstractions to be made intentionally. When Alfred Stieglitz published a variant of it in "Camera Work," he praised Strand's results as "the direct expression of today." Porch shadows and tipped-over tables are not intrinsically modern, but Strand's picture of them is, for it does not depend upon recognizable imagery for its effect, but rather on the precise relations of forms within the frame. This print, the only one Strand seems to have made from the negative, is on Satista paper, a wartime replacement for platinum papers.

Abstraction, Twin Lakes, Connecticut, Paul Strand (American, New York 1890–1976 Orgeval, France), Silver-platinum print

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.