Paul Strand

Closed Door, New England

1945
Category: 
This elegiac image appears in the final part of Time in New England, by Paul Strand and Nancy Newhall, opposite Thomas Wentworth Higginson's diary entry chronicling Emily Dickinson's funeral in 1886. Higginson described the country as "exquisite," the day as "perfect," and Dickinson's appearance in death as youthful and peaceful. Moving between text and image, our appreciation of Strand's photograph deepens. The blackness of the door and central placement of the urn-shaped finial lend a solemn air to the image, evoking an ending, whereas the light reflected off the glass panes introduces an ethereal quality.
Artist
Title
Closed Door, New England
Date
1945
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print
Dimensions
25.4 x 20.2 cm; image: 24.5 x 19.4 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1978
Accession number
33307