PAUL STRAND (1890-1976)
PAUL STRAND (1890-1976)

The White Fence, Port Kent, New York, 1916

PAUL STRAND (1890-1976)
The White Fence, Port Kent, New York, 1916
gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958
signed, titled, dated and annotated 'Return to Paul Strand, Orgeval 78, Yvelines, France. Handle with great care' in ink (on the reverse of the flush-mount)
image: 7¼ x 9 5/8in. (18.5 x 24.5cm.)
sheet/flush-mount: 8 x 10in. (20.3 x 25.4cm.)
The Estate of Paul Strand;
with Light Gallery, New York, 1978
Camera Work, no. 49/50, June 1917, pl. 9; Hambourg, Paul Strand, Circa 1916, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998, pl. 35; Barberie and Bock, Paul Strand: Master of Photography, Yale University Press, 2014, pl. 34

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According to former Aperture editor Michael Hoffman, Strand felt that so few of his original prints existed that the photographer agreed late in life to allow four portfolios to be produced. The first two portfolio volumes were published by Aperture before Strand's death; either volume 3 or 4 contained The White Fence. Strand did produce this print, which was acquired by Light Gallery in 1978 from the Estate executed by Hazel Strand and (at that time) Michael Hoffman. Hoffman believed the print to have been made in the 1950s/1960s, and while he did not know how many other prints there were in existence, he believed they were very rare given Strand's dislike of working in the darkroom.

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