The Lord's day pursues even in Taos--that kind of quiet which because one becomes conscious of it--is really no longer quiet--I suppose out in the desert Sunday would never happen--but this isn't the desert--far from it here near the town where the Lord has his day--as elsewhere.
I don't know why I mention this except that--it is Sunday [...] the only thing that might be of interest would be the photographs. The only thing that is intensely living for me here is the country itself--and I am not a 'word fellow'. When you see them you will know all about me at least--and I hope you will find yourself--your spirit--a part of them as I know it is in me. Wherever I am--as long as I live--and to whatever degree, it's the best of me--... (Paul Strand to Alfred Stieglitz, Taos, August 27, 1930)
'I am indebted to Paul Strand for my first enlightenment to the potentials of creative photography… I was completing my book, Taos Pueblo, when I was invited to meet Paul at his adobe house in Taos, New Mexico, in the summer of 1930. He and Becky Strand were the guests of Mabel Dodge Luhan, as were Georgia O’Keeffe and John Marin.
In his Southwest photographs, which are among his most expressive works, he reiterates his devotion to light and substance. The Southwest is not always kind to photography; superficially it has siren qualities that entrap and frustrate artists in any medium. One must have a certain appreciation of the earth and the sky, the far vistas and the near miracles of life.(Ansel Adams, Foreward to Paul Strand Limited Edition, Ranchos Church, 1982).