A Remembrance by Naomi Rosenblum
The presence of Paul Strand looms large in the history of photography. An artistic prodigy in a youthful medium, his early contributions helped to vault photography beyond the aesthetic of pictorialism to a new social realism. Through his films and numerous books Strand came to be one of the legendary figures of photography in this century.
In celebration of the centennial of Strand’s birth, Lumiere Press has issued Orgeval by Naomi Rosenblum, the distinguished art historian and author of A World History of Photography. Her close friendship with Strand is remembered through her diary of 1976 recorded during her last visit to see him at his home in Orgeval, France, two months before his death at the age of eighty-five. It is a documentation enriched by the appreciation of modest details and an unsentimental devotion to a great artist.
Composed in Linotype Caledonia with Post Mediaeval for display and printed on Mohawk Letterpress Text. A previously unpublished portrait of Strand by Walter Rosenblum, as well as Strand’s last photograph, have been printed on gelatin-silver paper and tipped in. The book is further illustrated with informal portraits by Hazel Strand printed in duotone on Warrens Lustro Cream Dull. Quarter bound in natural linen and Canson paper over boards in the uniform style of the series. Thirty-six pages, 6 x 9 inches. Edition 200. December 1990. Homage Volume V.
American Institute of Graphic Arts, Certificate of Excellence, Limited Edition Book Design.
Out of print.