Wednesday 16 March 2016

Victoria and Albert Museum - Paul Strand: Film and photography in the 20th century

Victoria and Albert MuseumOpen daily 10.00 to 17.45 Admission free

       “Major Paul Strand retrospective opens @V_and_A on 19 Mar - one of our 10 to see this season”@AestheticaMag
One of the 20th Century’s greatest photographers, Strand’s images have defined how photography is understood today. Discover over 200 objects spanning his entire career, including his trials in abstraction, candid street portraits and vintage prints from the V&A collection. 
The international tour is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with FundaciĆ³n MAPFRE and made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Newly acquired photographs from Strand’s only UK project are on show – a 1954 study of the island of South Uist in the Scottish Hebrides. Strand conjured the sights, sounds and textures of the place steeped in the threatened traditions of Gaelic language, fishing and agricultural life of pre-Industrial times. Read more
A varied programme of events complement this exhibition. From a one-day international conference exploring Strand’s pictures, films and book projects to talks with Ghanaian portrait photographer James Barnor and exhibition curator Martin Barnes. Plus your chance to develop your Black & White Photography skills on our weekend workshop! Read more 

To celebrate the exhibition, we made a short visit to Luzzara in the northern Italian countryside where Strand made one of his most celebrated photographs, The Family, Luzzara (The Lusettis), 1953. Led by Curator Martin Barnes we retraced Strand’s steps and visited the sites of his photographs, whilst meeting some of the people in the area that were photographed by Strand at the time, including Angela Secchi (Farmers Daughter, Luzzara, 1953). 

Friday 18 March, 10.00 – 22.00
Last entry 21.00
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Membership starts at just £57, with concessions for under-26 year olds and the over 60s. Plus, you can add a guest or an extra card to your Membership. Read more
To join call 020 7942 2271, go online or visit the Membership Desk in the V&A
Discover what captured Paul Strand’s imagination in rural Italy on Frui’s photography holiday in Abruzzo. Thanks to Frui and Lomography we are offering one lucky winner a fantastic travel photography prize. If you’d like to explore rustic villages and remote hilltop towns, meet characterful locals and fill your new Lomography viewfinder with the spectacular landscape of Abruzzo, click here

We challenge you to photograph in the style of Paul Strand and enter our competition to win a monthly photography prize package! Share your image on Twitter or Instagram using #MyPaulStrand and you’ll be entered into the competition. Click here to see a gallery of entries and for more details of how to enter your photograph here
The exhibition has been generously supported by the American Friends of the V&A. The AFV&A is an independent charitable organization that works to strengthen the V&A’s international presence and encourage the American public to engage with this leading cultural institution. For more information please visit