Paul Strand in Italy and elsewhere

125620353-d31c2c24-8be9-4dc6-aea7-24e9a1d86756A major retrospective exhibition of the work of the American photographer Paul Strand (1890-1976) will be held at the V&A in London from 19 March to 3 July 2016. Strand worked in many places: in Italy he is best remembered for his collaboration with the neorealist Cesare Zavattini in Un paese (Einaudi, 1955), a portrait of the people, objects and landscapes in Luzzara, Zavattini’s birthplace in Emilia-Romagna. ‘Wherever I happened to be,’ Paul Strand said, ‘I sought the signs of a long partnership that give each place its special quality and create the profiles of its people. . . . ‘. The letters between Strand and Zavattini, illustrating this ambition, were published in 2005 to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Un paese.

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