Paul Strand
[Photographer, b. 1890, New York, d. 1976, Oregeval, France.]

 [Photography] finds its raison d’etre, like all media, in a complete uniqueness of means. This is an absolute unqualified objectivity. Unlike the other arts which are really anti-photographic, this objectivity is of the very essence of photography, its contribution and at the same time its limitation... The full potential power of every medium is dependent upon the purity of its use... 
 The days slip by within this magical repetition of sun and storm and cold starlit nights... so, that if one had not made a few photographs... they might be a dreamlike mirage. (From Taos, 1931, to Alfred Stieglitz) 
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