Strand: Under the Dark Cloth


TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Tue, May 1, 2018 3:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Focus On John Walker
Film Subjects:Architecture, Design & Photography
Film & Filmmakers
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):John Walker
Producer(s):John Walker
Editor(s):Geoff Bowie
Cathy Gulkin
John Kramer
Writer(s):Seaton Findlay
John Walker
Cinematography:John Walker
Composer:Jean Derome
Sound:Jean-Pierre Delorme
David Springbett
Aerlyn Weissman
Bob Withey


"Paul Strand is the greatest American photographer…simply the biggest, widest, most commanding talent in the history of American photography." – Susan Sontag American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand is honoured in this in-depth and beautifully crafted portrait that celebrates his profound impact on the development of photography and film as art forms and political resistance. Compelling images and film excerpts illuminate insights from contemporaries Georgia O'Keeffe, Fred Zinnemann, Cesare Zavattini and Leo Hurwitz, contextualizing the growth of his creative and political vision through the tumultuous early to mid-20th century. Branded as "subversive" for his anti-fascist politics during the McCarthy years, Strand left the US in 1949 and lived in Europe until his death. Shot on film, with a personal narration by director John Walker, who was mentored by Strand, the film premiered at the Festival of Festivals in 1989 to wide acclaim. Hot Docs is thrilled to present a rare 35mm screening of this multi-award-winning documentary. Lynne Fernie

Co-presented with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Additional Information

NOW - 4 Stars, "Powerful."

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