Strand’s images of timeless Americana – clapboard shopfronts and New Mexican adobe churches – are among the defining works of American modernist photography. Along with fellow-pioneers Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, he helped turn this technical medium into an art form. A lifelong socialist, Strand sought to dignify ordinary men and women and the objects and landscapes that surrounded them. Yet he wasn’t a “people person”. Large, slow-moving and taciturn, he barely spoke to the people he photographed.