Man, TenancingoArtist(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
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.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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