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Paul Strand in Mexico

1932 - 1934 and 1966

On View:
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 — Sunday, August 1, 2010


These photographs provide a visual record of Paul Strand’s journey through Mexico from 1932–34 and his brief return visit in 1966.

Today recognized as one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, Strand believed firmly in the power of art and social documentary. 

In Mexico, especially during his initial visit, he sought to chronicle what he thought of as the country’s essential character while fostering its revolutionary transformation through the tools of photography and filmmaking.

Certainly, Strand found the Mexico he was looking for: a world of stark landscapes, baroque churches, religious sculptures, campesinos and indigenous and mestizo men, women, and children—a place charged with meaning and spirit, which he was determined to capture with his camera.