From the moment in 1909 when he graduated from Manhattan’s Ethical Culture School, where he had studied with photographer and sociologist Lewis Hine, Paul Strand was committed to a career in photography. In 1914 or 1915, Strand took his portfolio of soft-focus Pictorialist compositions to Alfred Stieglitz, who praised them but advised him to shift to a more direct, sharply focused approach. Strand took this advice to heart and, in 1916, produced a body of work that bordered on abstraction and more closely related to the work of Cézanne and Picasso that he had seen at Stieglitz’s gallery, 291, than to any photography that had come before. Strand’s pictures from 1916 to 1917 were the last photographs shown at Stieglitz’s gallery and were published in Stieglitz’s influential journal, “Camera Work,” pointing the way to a new, modern style of photography. This platinum print is the only known print of “Ceramic and Fruit.”

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Paul Strand, American, 1890–1976
Ceramic and Fruit
Platinum print
Image: 9 5/8 × 12 11/16 in. (24.4 × 32.2 cm) Sheet: 10 × 13 1/8 in. (25.4 × 33.3 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico]; purchased by MFAH, 1994.