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Paul Strand's Living Labor

Schwartz, S; (2013) Paul Strand's Living Labor. ARTMargins , 2 (3) pp. 3-30. 10.1162/ARTM_a_00059. Green open access

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Abstract

In 1932, Paul Strand travelled to Mexico. The work he completed during his two-year stay has framed our histories of Strand's practice in the 1930s and 1940s as a history of his turning away from his commitment to formalism in the 1920s. Paul Strand's Living Labor challenges this history through an examination of The Wave, a documentary film Strand shot in 1934. A study of labor struggles in post-revolutionary Mexico, The Wave, this essay argues, reanimates Strand's investigation of the relationship between man and machine evident in his first film, Manhatta (1921). Focusing on Strand's obsession with the close-up and the portrait, Paul Strand's Living Labor organizes a history of Strand's work that rejects the binaries framing our studies of Strand: between New York and Mexico, film and photography, modernism and documentary.

Type: Article
Title: Paul Strand's Living Labor
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1162/ARTM_a_00059
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1162/ARTM_a_00059
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084724
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