In 1954 Paul Strand established himself on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The American photographer had fled to Europe from the constraints of McCarthyism in 1950. Working alongside his wife, Hazel, he photographed for three months, recording the island and its people. The resulting book Tir a' Mhurain (Land of Bent Grass) was eventually published in 1962 with 106 photographs printed alongside a text by Basil Davidson. The text emphasised the necessity of 'co-operative production' enabling South Uist to become fully 'part of the modern world'.