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.