Sixty Years of Photographs.
Photographs by Paul Strand. Text by Calvin Tomkins.
Aperture, New York, 2009. 184 pp., 80 duotone illustrations, 9½x11½".
Paul Strand: Sixty Years of Photographs, a long-unavailable Aperture classic, is
one of themost comprehensive surveys of the power and force of amajor
photographic figure of our time. Before his death in 1976 at the age of 85,
Strand combed his photographic prints and hismany books with an eye
towards the completion of this volume. Seen here is the summation of a lifework,
from the first abstract photographs to the series of plant photographs
taken in the last years of his life. Also included is a rarely examined series of
films—brilliant, unprecedented documentaries that foreshadowed Italian
Neo-Realismand the developments in the cinema of the postwar years.The
re-release of this volume,which features the famous biographical profile by
Calvin Tomkins and excerpts fromStrand’s correspondence, interviews and
other documents,makes one of photography’smajor artists newly accessible.