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Lathe, Akeley Shop, New York

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

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

c. 1922/23

Artist:

Paul Strand
American, 1890–1976

About this artwork

By 1922 Paul Strand was a prominent member of several fine-art photography circles but struggled to support himself financially. He purchased an Akeley motion picture camera that summer with hopes of getting work as a freelance filmmaker. This coincided with the height of Strand’s fascination with the machine aesthetic and his enthusiasm for the “absolute unqualified objectivity” of photography in what he considered to be its purest state. Over the following year, Strand repeatedly photographed his new film camera, along with the various machines in the Akeley repair shop, in a series of close-up, sharply focused studies that emanate scientific exactitude and masterful craftsmanship. He later wrote, “[I] tried to photograph the power and marvelous precision which the very functional forms, surfaces, and lines of a machine reflect.” Although Strand’s passion for the machine would soon wane, his commitment to a clear, unadulterated photographic depiction remained constant throughout his career.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Paul Strand

Title

Lathe, Akeley Shop, New York

Origin

United States

Date

1922–1923

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

24.5 × 19.6 cm

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Fund

Reference Number

1980.68

Copyright

© Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation

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