Woman and Baby, HidalgoArtist(s)Paul StrandArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1933, printed 1967Medium & Supportphotogravure on paperDimensions
15 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in (40 cm x 31.4 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Davis through the Friends of the Museum of ArtSubject matter
In this double portrait, a woman sits on a concrete ledge. She wears a shawl draped around her shoulders, a light striped dress, an apron, and sandals. On her right sits a young baby in a straw sun hat. Next to them, on the right side of the frame, sits a large pile of rolled textiles. The woman looks toward the left side of frame. Strand used a prism lens to disguise his intentions when photographing his human subjects during his time in Mexico. In order to capture his images of people his lens directed the light at a right angle, while appearing to shoot from the front.
This photograph is from Paul Strand's The Mexican Portfolio
published in 1967 by Paul Strand. The portfolio consists of a series of 20 images depicting Mexico's people, architecture, landscape, and churches. It was first published in 1940 under the name Photographs of Mexico
, and reprinted under Strand's supervision in 1967 as The Mexican Portfolio.Physical Description
This is a photograph of a woman resting on a ledge, against a building wall. She sits with a young baby. To the woman's right is a large pile of rolled textiles.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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aprons (main garments)
modern and contemporary art
women (female humans)