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The Court, New York

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1924

Artist:

Paul Strand
American, 1890–1976

About this artwork

Here Paul Strand reacted against an earlier trend in photography to imitate painting so photography would be more readily recognized as a fine art. Strand promoted what came to be known as straight photography, made (as he put it) “without tricks of process or manipulation.” In the years shortly before he made this image, Strand began experimenting with abstraction; acquired an 8 × 10–inch camera, and produced a film, Manhatta (1920–21); with artist Charles Sheeler. Such activities are reflected in this photograph, in which Strand angled his large-format camera downward to capture the geometric forms of the rooftops in striking detail. The angle echoes a scene from his own film that depicted the urban bustle of lower Manhattan.

On View

Photography, Gallery 10

Artist

Paul Strand

Title

The Court, New York

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1924

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; unchecked verso

Dimensions

24.5 × 19.4 cm (image/paper); 45.4 × 35.2 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1980.66

Copyright

© Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation

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