Paul Strand

Loch and Lilies, South Uist, Hebrides

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About this artwork

In 1954 Strand visited South Uist, an island of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland where he spent three months photographing the people and land for the book ‘Tìr a’ Mhurain’ (1962). Taken from a traditional Gaelic song, the title translates as ‘Land of Bent Grass’. After hearing a radio programme on the folksongs of South Uist, Strand travelled there with his wife. He was introduced to the islanders by the local doctor, and photographed many residents in and around their homes, often posing them before a weathered wall. He believed these people represented the universal struggle of humanity and sequenced the images within the book in such a way as to evoke the heroic, yet remote lives of the dwindling population.

Paul Strand

Paul Strand