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A new book from Aperture Foundation publishes 22 Ned Scott images from Redes Film

on Wednesday, 02 June 2010. Posted in News

A new book from Aperture Foundation was published last Fall. The subject is Paul Strand's work in Mexico during the years 1932-34. James Krippner, a history professor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania is the author. Professor Krippner and I have been corresponding over a period of time concerning the making the Redes/The Wave in 1934. Since Ned Scott did the honors as still photographer for that production, Professor Krippner contacted me for research and photographic consult. The Aperture Foundation has devoted a full chapter of their new four chapter book to this film project, the first one Paul Strand was to attempt in his career. The book features 22 reprinted images from the Ned Scott's Redes film still files. The Ned Scott Archive supplied all the captions for the images. Fred Zinnemann called these images "classics" in his 1992 autobiography "Fred Zinnemann: An Autobiography: A Life in the Movies". Original Strand and Scott prints from the book were exhibited in New York as the book was released. A traveling exhibit will visit several cities around the globe in the coming months. Each volume contains a restored version of the film in DVD format.

This book is a prodigious, scholarly treatise of the subject matter. The printing is superb.

Three angry fishermen from Redes Film by Ned Scott

Three Angry Fishermen by Ned Scott

REDES film photo depicts religious art

on Sunday, 25 March 2012. Posted in News

Ned Scott was busy with his 5 x 7 Graflex while on assignment in Alvarado, Mexico for producer Paul Strand during filming of REDES/The WAVE in 1934. While not participating in film production, Ned Scott was free to roam the streets and shorelines of Alvarado with his camera. Among the many features he studied with his camera was the church in the center of town. What caught his eye were the religious icons placed prominently in the nave right next to the pulpit. Eight negatives survive of these religious figurines. The camera angles capture a sensitive and sympathetic aspect of each. What is not revealed in these images is Ned Scott's loathing of all organized religion, especially Catholicism. This deep seated hatred issues form his childhood when he was placed into British boarding schools during the First World War. He spoke only French, and being thrust into an Anglican or Catholic boys' school was a bitter experience indeed. He carried this throughout his life. And in 1931, when photographing Ranchos Iglesia in Taos, New Mexico, Ned Scott aligned a grave yard cross superimposed over the crosses of the church pediments--a clear statement of his sentiments toward religion as it relates to human life. But in Alvarado three years later, he had suspended these strong feelings long enough to perform a remarkably delicate and subtle treatment of the Christ and Mary figurines. Paul Strand had perhaps influenced him in the handling of the subject matter since he had created studies of such figures in other churches while there in Mexico in 1933. But there is no record of that possible connection.

madonna in Alvarado Church

Figurine in Alvarado church 1934 by Ned Scott