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PAUL STRAND: THE GARDEN AT ORGEVAL
Essay by Joel Meyerowitz

Aperture Foundation, 2012
Hardcover
96 pages
45 duotone images
ISBN: 9781597111249

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After a lifetime of working on a series of "collective portraits" in far-flung places such as Mexico; Ghana; Italy; Tir a'Mhurain, Scotland; and his adoptive country, France, an aging Paul Strand decided to concentrate on still lifes and the stony beauty of his own garden at Orgeval, France, as a site in which to distill his discoveries as a photographer.

The work that constitutes The Garden at Orgeval is marked by close and careful study of the forms and patterns within natureā€”of tiny buttonshaped flowers, cascading winter branches, and fierce snarls of twigs. While the images bear the same directness and precise vision that is quintessentially Strand, the work also reflects a growing metaphorical turn.



 

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