Tir A'Mhurain : The Outer Hebrides of Scotland
Publication Date: 1 May 2017
In 1954 Paul Strand and his wife Hazel spent three months traversing the rugged island of South Uist, off the west coast of Scotland. Tir a’Mhurain is a collection of photographs that reflects the impressions they gathered during their stay. Juxtaposing people and landscape, Strand’s beautifully sequenced photographs depict the perfect complicity he saw between nature and habitation in this wild terrain. Whether it is a view of the rocks and the sea or a grinning shepherd boy; scudding clouds hanging over seaside houses or the wrinkled face of an old lady framed by a knitted shawl, Strand’s images transcend the ephemeral. This extended portrait captures the essence and complexity of a singular place.
This new edition of Tir a’Mhurain, which includes rare images never before published, is a true masterpiece of photography. In the spirit of the Aperture editions of Strand’s classic works La France de Profil (2001) and Un Paese (1997), this volume celebrates the wholesome beauty of everyday life.
About the Author
Paul Strand (1890-1976) began photographing in his native New York City while he was a student at the Ethical Cultural High School. His devotion to photography was formed during his association with Alfred Stieglitz and the artist who exhibited the landmark '219' gallery. In 1945, the Museum of Modern Art devoted its first one-man photography exhibit to Strand's work.
One of the first photographers to reach a wide audience through books rather than through exhibits alone, Strand produced a series of innovative books, in which he achieved new levels of reproduction quality through his close association with printers. Beginning in 1947 with Time in New England Strand published five more titles; three of these have ...