paul strand.. whats the meaning to his work?

Question by elj: paul strand.. whats the meaning to his work?
im having trouble interpreting his photographs and what he was trying to portray in his pictures, can someone give me an insight ?

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Answer by Smile: in your heart and mind
I think the basic thing he’s doing is comparing life between the poor and rich…i may be wrong but that’s what I see.

He travelled to Africa to take some pictures, as well as some in Europe.

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  1. Paul Strand said;
    “I like to photograph people who have strength and dignity in their faces; whatever life has done to them, it hasn’t destroyed them. I gravitate towards people like that.”

    Although he was never a member of the Communist party Strand was politically of the left, many of his collaborators were either Party members or were prominent socialist writers and activists. Many of his friends were also Communists or were suspected of being so. Strand was also closely involved with Frontier Films, one of more than twenty organizations that were branded as ‘subversive’ and ‘un-American’ by the US Attorney General.
    His sympathies were with the ordinary working man and woman and much of his photography was concerned with the dignity and importance of labour and the “working class”. He saw himself as a documentary photographer who’s role was to record and reveal the truth about social injustice and the position of the common man.
    He insisted that his books should be printed in Leipzig, East Germany, even if this meant that they were initially prohibited from the American market on account of their Communist provenance. De-classified intelligence files, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and now lodged at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, reveal that Strand’s movements around Europe were closely monitored by the security services.

    He also said;
    “It has always been my belief that the true artist, like the true scientist, is a researcher using materials and techniques to dig into the truth and meaning of the world in which he himself lives; and what he creates, or better perhaps, brings back, are the objective results of his explorations. The measure of his talent––of his genius, if you will––is the richness he finds in such a life’s voyage of discovery and the effectiveness with which he is able to embody it through his chosen medium.”
    “It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.”

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