Snapping at eternity and capturing life in small pixels is the fastest most efficient way to lie the truth.

 

Paul strand is one of the few people I actually like to hear talk about photography. Usually all you hear around is the usual dribble and self important humility I have learnt to dislike through the years. Paul strand was different.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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Paul strand - Under the black cloth

Paul strand is one of the few people I actually like to hear talk about photography. Usually all you hear around is the usual dribble and self important humility I have learnt to dislike through the years. Paul strand was different. He was a real artist and as such talked about photography like a creative human and not like a photographer. And he does it so well, so eloquently, I will use a lot of his words, not out of laziness but of pure respect.

Stieglitz understood photography more than anyone I know , and I have learnt dozens of helpful lessons from his work, his writing on the subject and the documentaries done on strand and the early modernists. He was smarter than all the rest, expect maybe Stieglitz, which strand considered his mentor, but his strong point was in the fact he was wiser than all the rest. He didn’t only know, he understood.

 
Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees. "
 

Strand had the kind of sensitivity you expect from a great photographer. Always seeing the photo hiding in a situation, in a formation of rocks, in the geometry of a street,  in an open sky above a country house.

It has always been my belief that the true artist, like the true scientist, is a researcher using materials and techniques to dig into the truth and meaning of the world in which he himself lives; and what he creates, or better perhaps, brings back, are the objective results of his explorations.

The measure of his talent––of his genius, if you will––is the richness he finds in such a life’s voyage of discovery and the effectiveness with which he is able to embody it through his chosen medium.

 

Although his art photography is breathtaking it is the documentary part of his work that speaks to me, and it speaks volumes. He knew how to shoot people. How to shoot the story in their eyes.

The unintelligence of present-day photographers, lies in the fact that they have not discovered the basic qualities of their medium."

 

Doesn’t matter if it is a random boy in a field or Pablo Picasso, strand treated any subject with a mix of respect, curiosity and objectivity , which is hard to come by. He was one of the very first influences on my work in portraiture and he is still one of the most valuable contributor to my development and my attempt to understand the true nature of the format of photography.

The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.

 

Paul strand was a unique character in the history of fine-art photography. He is a beacon for all photographic artists to sail their ships by, hopefully helping them to avoid the rocks of mediocrity and the windbreakers of the small-minded critics.

I  highly recommend to anyone interested in photography as an art form to sit and take a long journey into the work of paul strand, and once you finished? Start from the beginning again. One day, if you keep on practicing, you will be able to "see" like strand saw, or at least, for all your efforts, understand why he saw like he saw.

 
  Documentary http://youtu.be/dP5YTqqoAqA
Manhattan http://youtu.be/NePhRIwzkfA