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Paul Strand's Living Labor

Schwartz, S; (2013) Paul Strand's Living Labor. ArtMargins , October 2013

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In 1934, Paul Strand produced his first feature-length documentary film, Redes (The Wave). Shot on location in Vera Cruz, Mexico and financed by the Secretaría de Educación Pública, the film narrates contemporary working class struggles through the plight of Mexico’s impoverished fishermen. Based on archival research at the Centre for Creative Photography, this article offers the first extended study of Strand’s filmic practice. Drawing out the complex relationship between documentary film and photography in the 1930s, also a subject rarely addressed in current histories of documentary practice in the US, this article models a study of mass media in the US in the 1930s that is not over-determined by the Farm Security Administration’s photographic archive.

Title:Paul Strand's Living Labor
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > History of Art

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