"For Paul STRAND, the great pioneer of modernism, the summers of 1926 and 1930-1932 were a return to experimentation and periods of great artistic growth. He worked in makeshift darkrooms-one in a hotel basement and another above the Taos movie theater. 'The Southwest' period brought not only artistic renewal, but also personal turmoil. His political and social ideas were shifting, and his relationship with the two most important people in his life - his wife Rebecca and his mentor Alfred STIEGLITZ - were disintegrating.
This photo volume, 'Southwest' on Paul STRAND reconstructs, in an intimate, visual way, the emotional and creative swirl around Paul STRAND, through beautiful reproductions of his images from the period and a comprehensive collection of notes, illustrations, and ephemera. While a handful of Paul STRAND's 'Southwest' photographs have been previously published, this period of his outstanding career remains largely unexplored. The volume 'Paul Strand. Southwest' presents many images for the first time, including dramatic landscapes, decayed ghost towns, the noble architecture of adobe churches, and his final, austere portraits of Rebecca." (© Aperture, 2004)
The edition of 'Southwest' offered here is the first edition published in 2004; the book design is by Wendy BYRNE.