Man, Tenancingo

Accession Number

Man, Tenancingo

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 cm x 31.4 cm)

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

Subject matter
This portrait depicts a man sitting, looking out of frame into the distance. He wears loose fitting, light-colored campesino clothing that contrasts against his dark skin, hair, and moustache. The background is blurred, creating geometric planes behind the man. 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 man from Tenancingo, Mexico. The man is sitting and looking to the left out of frame. He has dark hair and a large dark moustache. He wears light-colored campesino clothing.

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