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Ned Scott (1907 - 1964)

Lot 84: Ned Scott (1907 - 1964)

Sotheby's

October 6, 1999
New York, NY, US

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PAUL STRAND SHOOTING ON THE SET OF 'THE WAVE' coated gelatin silver print, flush-mounted to board, 1934 4 5/8 by 6in. 11.8 by 15.2cm. In 1933, the Mexican Government's Federal Department of Fine Arts hired Paul Strand and a small group of filmmakers to produce The Wave. The film was intended as part of a larger program to educate Mexicans about the wide variety of lifestyles and cultures their country comprised. Ned Scott was the film's still photographer, and worked in close conjunction with Strand and directors Fred Zinneman and Henwar Rodakiewicz to capture the action of the film and the way of life in the sleepy Gulf-coast fishing village of Alvarado. Scott would go on to a successful career as a Hollywood photographer, working with such directors as John Ford and Orson Wells. Strand is in the process of filming water in a pan which Henwar Rodakiewicz is agitating. Literature: Hambourg, pl. 49 Greenough, pl. 21 Sixty Years, pl. 65 Essays, p. 27 Art of Photography, pl. 187 Naef, pl. 94; cat. no. 523 According to Anthony Montoya of the Paul Strand Archive, there are three known prints of this image, in this size format: a silver and platinum print on Satista paper in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; a later print in the Paul Strand Archive, Millerton; and the present print. The correct date of the negative is 1917, although the date has been cited erroneously many times as 1920. Property of the Ned Scott Archive.

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