Boy, Hidalgo

Accession Number

Boy, Hidalgo

Paul Strand

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1933, printed 1967

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

15 3/4 in x 12 3/8 in (40.01 cm x 31.43 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip C. Davis through the Friends of the Museum of Art

Subject 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.

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