Strand: Under The Dark Cloth (plus Manhatta) (DVD)
Strand established himself in New York in the 1920s as a master of light and structure, with his now famous photo of Wall Street inspired by the forms and movement of European modernist painters such as Matisse and Picasso. His closeup portraits and landscapes were equally profound.
John Walker's Strand: Under the Dark Cloth is a documentary that is "beautifully crafted, thoroughly researched and intimately recounted" (Variety) with generous amounts of Strand's most famous photographs, clips from his films and collaborators including Fred Zinnemann, Cesare Zavattini and Georgia O'Keeffe.
It is a valuable and comprehensive introduction to the life and work of Paul Strand suitable for both art historians and general viewers alike.
Manhatta (1921, B&W, 10 mins.) - a film short directed by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler. Listed on National Film Registry.
- John Walker - Director
"Paul Strand is the greatest American photographer...simply the biggest, widest, most commanding talent in the history of American photography." - Susan Sontag
Best Documentary Genie Awards
Official Selection AFI Fest