A major retrospective of the work of American photographer and film maker, Paul Strand (1890-1976), and the first in the UK since the artist’s death.

March 19th – July 3rd 2016
Victoria and Albert Museum

Strand was one of the greatest and most influential photographers of the 20th century whose images have defined the way fine art and documentary photography is understood and practiced today. The exhibition will present around 200 objects spanning Strand’s entire career, including his breakthrough trials in abstraction and candid street portraits, close-ups of natural and machine forms, and extended explorations of the American Southwest, Mexico, New England, France, Italy, Scotland, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, and Romania. This is a touring exhibition organised by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For the UK presentation a significant number of additional vintage prints from the V&A’s own collection of the art of photography, one of the largest and most important in the world, will be shown.

The international tour is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with Fundación MAPFRE and made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Wall Street, New York, 1915, Paul Strand
Wall Street, New York, 1915, Paul Strand © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation
“Blind Woman, New York,” 1916, Paul Strand.
“Blind Woman, New York,” 1916, Paul Strand. © Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation.
Milly, John and Jean MacLellan, South Uist, Hebrides, 1954, Paul Strand
Milly, John and Jean MacLellan, South Uist, Hebrides, 1954, Paul Strand © Paul Strand Archive, Aperture Foundation. Photograph Victoria and Albert Museum, London