A Weltian Rhapsody: Paul Strand, “Blind” (1917) and Eudora Welty, “Blind Weaver on the WPA, Oktibbeha County, 1930s”
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AbstractThere are few photographs of blind people in the repertoire of American photography. One of the most famous is “Blind” (1917) by Paul Strand (which is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York). It is a photograph of a blind woman taken on the street in New York City. This woman is a beggar. Around her neck just below a pin bearing her license number, she is wearing a placard spelling out her blindness, which allows her to beg: this was the Progressive Era...