The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but can never leave’. Here is the eleventh picture from the series, this one by Paul Strand.
It is a truism to say that Paul Strand had a huge impact on the course of photography’s evolution. The scale of his output, the breadth of attention, the range of expression and the ability to challenge dogma put him into a special class of photographers. Influenced by the pictorialism of Stieglitz early on, he eventually rejected sentimentalism and paved the way for a modern expression that combined documentary reportage with an eye for the aesthetic, I think much like Cartier-Bresson and Kertész.
I have two Paul Strands in my Hallowed Camp, one is an abstract and one a portrait. His portraits are uncompromising as you can see here in this biting, but not untypical, example: