Canadian Photography Institute Receives Gift

by Photo Life

Paul Strand, Beaching the Boat, Percé, Gaspésie, 1929, printed 1960s, gelatin silver print. Gift of anonymous donors, 2017. © Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive. Photo: NGC

The National Gallery of Canada’s Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of Ottawa has announced the receipt of a gift of 635 images by photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand. National Gallery of Canada Director and CEO Marc Mayer said, “This extraordinary gift is a highly representative group of Paul Strand’s work. As a shaper of ideas and practices in photography, the historical and aesthetic significance of Strand’s work will be of tremendous value to the collection. The donation adds to the 97 prints by Strand that were already in CPI’s collection. We are deeply grateful to the donors for their generosity. It is through such remarkable donations that we have built such a magnificent collection over the past 50 years.”

CPI Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Thomas explained, “Paul Strand was one of the twentieth century’s outstanding photographers, mastering a repertoire of styles from Pictorialism to abstraction and documentary. He was an extremely exacting printmaker, testing out different printing methods, papers, and coatings. He brought together qualities of fine craftsmanship with a deep connection to content, which involved the natural world, simple everyday objects, and where and how people lived out their lives in a diverse range of countries and cultures.” She added, “Strand had a very strong influence over a younger generation of photographers, including prominent Canadian contemporary photographers Robert Bourdeau, who counts Paul Strand among the most influential figures in shaping his decision to become a photographer, and Bertrand Carrière, who followed in his footsteps in the Gaspé.”

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