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Dorin Pintile, Onesti, Rumania

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Paul Strand
American, 1890–1976

About this artwork

Paul Strand may have wanted to make this portrait because of the rather magnificent hat, a quasi-sculptural creation of leather, fabric, and wire. Like his photographs do, the hat marries a craftsman’s dexterity with materials to a mechanical form. But Strand would never have photographed the hat without its wearer. In his later years especially, socialist societies and their promise of a better humanity formed his deepest concern. The beautiful, somewhat androgynous Dorin Pintile is a worker in the oil industry, a vital engine for communist Romania.

See also: Mark Crinson, “Paul Strand’s Ghana and Photography after Colonialism,” Art Bulletin (December 2016)


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Paul Strand


Dorin Pintile, Onesti, Rumania


United States (Artist's nationality)

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Made 1967


Gelatin silver print


Image: 24.2 × 19.4 cm (9 9/16 × 7 11/16 in.); Paper/mount: 24.9 × 20.2 cm (9 13/16 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Walter Rosenblum

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© Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation

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