Saturday, October 13, 2007

A Study of Paul Strand

A Comparison

Paul Strand, the American photographer, lived from 1890-1976. His works contain high contrast and depth, as well as an element that I would characterize as silence. Most of his photos have the main subject off-centered, but are well-balanced. As a part of my study, I chose three of his works to analyze and emulate: “Wall Street” (1915), “Burying Ground” (1946), and “Lusetti Family” (1953). Above, his works are on the left and my attempt to capture the same kind of scene and elements are on the right. As you can see, the use of light and the placement of objects are extremely important and can make all the difference between a good photograph and excellent photograph.

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