The Camera Obscura of Paul Strand

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The Camera Obscura of Paul Strand

The Victoria & Albert Museum presents the most comprehensive exhibition ever of American photographer and documentary filmmaker Paul Strand (1890-1976). His pictures are socio-historical documents of the 20th century.

Paul Strand spent his life crisscrossing the United States, South America and Europe loaded down with bulky, heavy photographic equipment. This enabled him to take large-format photos that perfectly captured reality. Though the sculptures of Brancusi influenced his sense of light, the documentarist in Strand always rendered landscapes and people as they were, in their daily world, without ever asking them to pose. When he photographed a Romanian couple leaning up against their garden fence, they are exactly as Strand found them at that moment. He always knew how to take the picture at the right moment and at the best angle. Which is why his photos are a priceless testimony of the 20th century.

« Paul Strand : Photography and Film for the 20th Century »
Victoria et Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL

From 19 March to 3 July 2016

From 8 GBP

From 10:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.