Notable: Paul Strand Photo Trove Goes To Philadelphia

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on November 18, 2010 at 9:18 am


Paul Strand “Wall Street”

Over 1400 Paul Strand images from the Aperture Foundation are now to be held by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, making for the largest standalone collection of Paul Strand’s work in the world.

In an effort to become the world’s most important repository for the work of the photographer Paul Strand, the Philadelphia Museum of Art announced on Wednesday that it is well on its way to acquiring Strand’s entire output – a chronicle of his six-decade career.

It was Philadelphia that has had the strongest ties to Strand and his work ever since 1971, when Michael E. Hoffman, adjunct curator of photographer at the museum who was also executor of Strand’s estate and a former director of the Aperture Foundation, organized the first major Strand retrospective since 1945. In 1972 Strand gave the museum one of his most important early platinum prints, "City Hall Park, New York,” from 1915 along with six other works and museum bought 10 other prints including "The Family, Luzzara, Italy” from 1953. These acquisitions were followed by other purchases and gifts from the artist’s widow and in 1980 the artist’s estate gave the entire contents of the retrospective – nearly 500 prints – to the museum.

For Aperture, it’s a happy ending and one that will help support its programs. "It’s sort of a miracle that one institution will become home to virtually everything Strand,” said Mr. Garcia de Oteyza.

For more on this important event: NY Times

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