• Recto of print
  • Recto of print with original mount
  • Verso of original mount
  • Photomicrograph showing print surface and orange stains (scale bar is in micrometers)
  • Photomicrograph showing print surface (scale bar is in millimeters)
  • A photogravure reproduction of this work in Camera Work

Paul Strand (American, 1890–1976)

Porch Shadows, 1916

Silver-platinum print; 33.1 x 22.9 cm (image); 33.7 x 23.4 cm (paper); 43.7 x 32.2 cm (secondary support)
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949.885
© Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation


Paul Strand spent the summer of 1916 at his family’s cottage in Twin Lakes, Connecticut, attempting to give his understanding of Cubist painting—achieving abstraction through fragmentation, presenting multiple points of view, and reducing people and objects to basic geometry—a photographic form. A photogravure reproduction of Porch Shadows appeared in the final issue of Camera Work, clearly signaling the new straight aesthetic favored by Strand, Stieglitz, and other modernist photographers.


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