STRAND, PAUL. (1890-1976). American photographer known for his pure, objective depictions of natural and architectural forms. ALS. (“Paul Strand”). 2/3p. 4to. New York, December 11, 1960. To New York photographer VITO CIOFFERO (?-2006).
“Thanks for your letter just received. I do happen to have a print of the little girl apprentice with me and perhaps something can be worked out. In any event I would be glad to see you. Our time is getting short for our stay here so perhaps you would give me a ring. Cordially…”
By 1915, Strand was already creating the abstract, patterned images for which he is best known. Among his photographs that change the scale of the subjects, are Still Life Pear and Bowls and Typewriter Keys. At the same time, Strand captured New York City’s modernism through abstraction and portraiture, and his post‑World War I photographs of Colorado, Maine, Quebec, and New Mexico reveal a keen awareness of landscape and “the spirit of place,” (Encyclopaedia Britannica).