Akeley Camera with Butterfly Nut, New York

Paul Strand, American, 1890 - 1976. Printed by Richard Benson, American, 1943 - 2017.

Photograph taken in New York, New York, United States, North and Central America

1922-1923 (negative); early to mid- 1980s (print)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches (24.4 x 19.4 cm) Sheet: 9 13/16 x 7 13/16 inches (24.9 x 19.9 cm)

© Paul Strand Archive/Aperture Foundation

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Paul Strand Collection, partial and promised gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest, 2009

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Strand met the photographer Richard Benson in 1972, and under his supervision, entrusted Benson with the printing of his images for a series of portfolios. Benson’s fidelity to Strand’s own printing methods is readily apparent. But so too is Benson’s own aesthetic: here, he chose to soften some of Strand’s otherwise stark black tones and heighten the texture of the camera body.