10 April 2012

Paul Strand: method and vision

Portrait, Washington Square Park, 1917 

Pears and Bowls, 1916

Wild Iris, Maine, 1927

  Wall Street, 1915

Portrait of Georges Braque, 1957

The “full acceptance” of reality is the method and goal of the photographer, observed Paul Strand. However, full objectivity has to be something different from a passive receptivity but must emerge from an active and vigilant attitude that requires the photographer’s control of his subject. Or rather, it requires the coming together of subject and object in the intervening space of the photograph, synthesizing and perhaps transcending both, a mediating space, both familiar and unusual, made of masses and voids, light and shadows, made of the equivalence of presence and absence,  of correspondences of vision and forms in the world, of the coalescence of equivalent forms in a frame, of a spatialized time and a space of  gradually superposed temporalities.

Marcelo Guimarães Lima




Aly Marie said...

What a great collection you have.. its my pleasure to seen your photographs...thanks for sharing.

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zebedee32 said...

I have recently been researching the History of the Camera was fascinated to learn how the first photograph came to be. George Eastman was the pioneer of the amateur photographer.

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Glenwood NYC said...

Great post! There is so much history behind photography. The story behind an individual piece, as well as the progression of photography through history and technologies has always intrigued us. Have you been the Met's 'Faking It' exhibit about image manipulation before the invention of Photoshop? Great history and so much to learn.