Boy, HidalgoArtist(s)Paul StrandArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1933, printed 1967Medium & Supportphotogravure on paperDimensions
15 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in (40.01 cm x 31.43 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Davis through the Friends of the Museum of ArtSubject matter
This is a portrait of a young boy taken in Hidalgo, Mexico. The boy wears a large straw sun hat and crouches on the ground with his left hand on the side of his face, squinting his eyes and looking toward the camera. He wears light-colored clothing, with a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. He has a dark blanket or poncho draped over his right shoulder. 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 young boy in Hidalgo, Mexico. The boy wears a straw sun hat, and crouches on the ground with his left hand on the side of his face. Draped over his right shoulder is a cloth blanket or poncho.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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