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Gateway, Hidalgo

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Gateway, Hidalgo

Paul Strand

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

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
In this photograph of a large arched gateway from Hidalgo, Strand employs high contrast and dark shadows that contrast with the white building seen through the arch. The sky above is filled with clouds. The cloudy sky paired with the tonal range on the stone structure creates a moody and dramatic atmosphere. This image symbolizes Strand's departure from Mexico, as it is the last image featured in The Mexican Portfolio. 

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
Photograph of a large arched gateway in Hidalgo, Mexico. This image has pronounced tonal contrast due the shadows cast by the sun.

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If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form. Keywords
arch components
buildings (structures)
gate components
modern and contemporary art

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