Paul and Me

During a recent visit to the Phillips Collection's newest photo curation American Moments, I had the privilege of seeing firsthand one of my all-time favorite photos: Paul Strand's Wall Street (1915). I have been showing this image to students for many years, always projected huge at the front of a classroom, and I had no idea it was really this small. I would often comment on how the large, monolithic shapes loom over the tiny people, and when it's projected on a screen, those shapes seem to loom over us, too. So it was surprising to find those massive rectangles so very, very tiny.