Paul Strand

Hands, South Uist (1954)

Hands, South Uist (1954) by Paul Strand

The Guardian’s Sean O’Hagan introduces New Yorker Paul Strand’s faceless portrait of hard work, struggle and survival, captured on the remote community of Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

Thanks to the Alan Lomax Collection at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Used courtesy of the Association for Cultural Equity. Alan Lomax Recordings: An Cul Bachalach, céilidh at the home of Dr. MacLean, Daliburgh; A' bhanarach chaoin, Kate Nicholson [vocal] and interview about milking songs, Iochar; Cha dig Mór mo bhean dhachaidh, Mrs. A.J. MacLellan [vocal] Balivanich; Interview with Donald John MacDonald, Daliburgh (1951).

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