Title: Rock, Port Lorne, Nova Scotia
Dimensions: Image / sheet: 9 15/16 × 7 7/8 inches (25.2 × 20 cm);
Mount: 10 1/16 × 8 inches (25.6 × 20.3 cm)
Gift of Diann G. Mann, Class of 1966, and Thomas A. Mann, Class of 1964
Object Number: 2018.095.007
This is the earliest of Strand’s many photographs of rock formations and arguably the most arresting. He brought his finest tools to bear on this formalist exploration: a newly acquired
8 x 10–inch view camera for the negative, and the luxurious platinum process for the print. Form, texture, tone, and material resolve into a statement on the sensuality of things. For Strand, the critic Clive Bell’s theory of significant form—“lines and colors combined in a particular way, certain forms and relations of forms, [that] stir our aesthetic emotions”—was an invitation to probe photography’s revelatory power. A rock becomes an object of almost mystical beauty. ("Celebrating Reunion at the Johnson," text by Kate Addelman-Frankel and presented at the Johnson Museum May 25-July 28, 2019)
NOTE: This electronic record is compiled from historic documentation which may not reflect the Johnson Museum's complete or current knowledge of the object. Review and refinement of such records is ongoing.