As a teenager, Paul Strand worked with Lewis Hine. And in the first decade of the 1900s, Alfred Stieglitz introduced Paul Strand to artist greats such as Picasso and Cezanne.
Strand started out as a pictorialist, making his photographs look like paintings. To shoot this type of photo, Strand used a soft focus lens. He switched to making his images sharp when he was in close communication with Stieglitz, and he ended up creating a new type of photography that was more abstract than anyone had seen before.
In the 1920s, Strand moved to filming motion pictures when he learned the craft after serving in World War I.
Strand and other photographers looked for small frame buildings ...