As one of the founding fathers of modern photography, Paul Strand has a stunning portfolio of photographs. Working from the early part of the last century until his death in the 1970s, his work helped to turn photography into the art form it is now.
Strand's work has a deep seated purpose, more than just creating evocative images. His portraits and scenes of urban life and architecture were intended to help us better understand who we are and how we live, ultimately aiming to make the world a better place to live.
Experts agree that Strand is a true master of the art. His original pieces are housed in various museums and galleries, with collectors spending up to thirty or forty thousand dollars for a single piece.
During his lengthy career, Strand published several anthologies collecting his works. Un Paese, was published in 1955 and charts the daily life in the Italian town of Luzzara. At auction, this photo-book can realize $500. A 1972 first edition of A Retrospective Monograph, published in two volumes and included photographs from throughout his life, can fetch close to $1,000.
The works of Strand gives collectors an opportunity to marvel at the photographer's stunning, effortless imagery, offering a glimpse at an art form that Strand himself helped create. Owning Strand's work, in any format, means owning a piece of photographic history.