The Mexican Portfolio
1967, Second Edition
Number 608 of an edition of 1,000
(10 of 20 images illustrated here)
Various sizes on 16 x 12.5 in.
Colophon page signed by Paul Strand
Da Capo Press., New York., 1967. Folio. 20 photogravure plates with tissue guards. Plates & text loose as issued in original paper wrapper, cloth and board chemise, and paper slipcase.
Strand travelled to Mexico in the early 1930s which marked a transition in his work - moving away from austere scenery to infuse humanism into his artwork. The striking photogravures depict architecture, landscape, the indigenous people, and religious folk sculpture. Strand's work first made its appearance as “Photographs of Mexico” in a limited edition of 250 copies in 1940, printed by master platemaker Otto Wackernagel, using steel-faced gravure plates. This 2nd edition utilized the original plates and both editions were personally supervised by Strand.