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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Paul Strand - The Outer Hebrides of Scotland

I bought this book the other day in Paris.

It's incredible !

I will be visiting Dublin next week (yes, I know that it isn't in Scotland), but books like this really make me want to visit that general region much more often.  

Comments on "Paul Strand - The Outer Hebrides of Scotland"


Anonymous fatou said ... (12:48 PM) : 

the Hebrides are a beautiful part of the world
you should go to Harris, famous for Harris Tweed, which you can still buy on the island
I had two jackets made out of the fabric I bought there in 2003 and they are wonderful, one of a kind (well two of a kind really )


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:52 PM) : 

Yes incredible faces and black and white like your Fulton guys ! Many thanks for this stunning book ! I mail to Garance a pic for you "Fulton boat in 1933" ! Sunny side


Anonymous garciamadrid said ... (12:57 PM) : 

and madrid?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:57 PM) : 

Don't expect too much, Dublin is not that what you might expect from your book.


Blogger Soren Lorensen said ... (1:02 PM) : 

yes me too

and I fear time is limited


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:02 PM) : 

Can´t wait to see the pictures! How very exciting!! :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:03 PM) : 

you should go to edinburgh in scotland sometime, it's a beautiful city! x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:06 PM) : 

There's a whole world of beautiful scenery and wonderful characters to discover in the British isle's we are very lucky.


Blogger BARGAIN BEX said ... (1:07 PM) : 

Stunning. Simply stunning.

Reminds me of my 'end of the year goal' to get me a passport already!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:10 PM) : 

Amazing portraits! Real and beautifull!


Blogger Jacqueline said ... (1:13 PM) : 

Have fun in Dublin! Take lots of photos.


Blogger Teresa @ good-grace said ... (1:21 PM) : 

oh goodness... now I want to go there, too. Lovely images. (and I do love your book recommendations.)


Blogger Jed said ... (1:22 PM) : 

I love Strand's portraits. The compositions are perfect, the revelation of personality penetrating. I'm sure you're familiar with his other "portraits of place" - New England, Po River Valley, Egypt, etc - but these Outer Hebrides ones are my favorites.


Blogger Catherine said ... (1:23 PM) : 

Oooooooooooh I've been doing some serious drooling after Strand's work lately and I had NO IDEA he went to the hebrides! Dublin is very cosmopolitan, it's great, but the western edges and islands of BG and Ireland are some of the best bits. Great pubs and seafood too!


Blogger alastair said ... (1:36 PM) : 

Scott, you have to hit up Scotland when you get the chance!
I really recommend the Eastern Highlands, north of Inverness around the Cromarty and Moray Firth. Absolutely beautiful.
Couldn't really say about the fashion up there, but you undoubtedly have the better eye for that than me!


Blogger Gil said ... (1:39 PM) : 

Who publishes this book? I really want this


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:42 PM) : 

to be honest you wont find that in dublin
the less touristic places in Ireland are far more authentic if this is what you're looking for


Blogger Debra Healy said ... (1:42 PM) : 

Did you ever see the film "I Know Where I'm Going!" by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:46 PM) : 

Scott the Sartorialist,
Over the years you have covered US and Europe, have you thought of Shanghai in China?


Blogger meraldia said ... (2:04 PM) : 

Great shots! I love black and white for portraits!


Anonymous Irish girl said ... (2:08 PM) : 

OK, so what you are saying is that books about the wilds of one country make you want to visit a large modern city in a different country?


Anonymous adalares said ... (2:21 PM) : 

P. Strand is a genius! His work is amazing! thanks


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:21 PM) : 

come to edinburgh! there is probably a slight lack of stylish people to photograph but the city itself is beautiful, even with tram works


Blogger manuel said ... (2:32 PM) : 

beatifull portrais.
Today you are nice, no fashionista, today is lovely day for you.


Blogger MIA said ... (2:34 PM) : 

what a sublime portaits.


Blogger ingefaer said ... (2:48 PM) : 

the faces are amazing - thanks for sharing.
Speaking of amazing faces I just purchased "Mil Besos" a book of photos of Flamenco dancers by Ruven Afanador. you should check it out.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:57 PM) : 

You're coming to Dublin! Very pleased. You should pop into Trinity College, we're all very photogenic! x


Blogger elventryst said ... (3:09 PM) : 

If you want theme music to accompany your book (and any future trips to Scotland), you should check out Felix Mendelssohn's The Hebrides: Fingal's Cave Overture. It's so beautiful and has always made me want to visit the land that inspired such a beautiful work.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:41 PM) : 

Earlier on Sartorialist there was some discussion about a photo of a possibly homeless gentleman on the Bowery in New York--who certainly had great style.
I think some of the same dilemmas apply here. The eye of fashion is, thank goodness, Romantic, and finds beauty even in squalor. But it seems very important to remember that these portraits, as well as being beautiful, are images of hardship, of difficult lives spent outdoors, of poverty, of global deprivation. Also, of course, of resilience, and the power of good clothes.
But this stuff makes me very very uneasy, especially when this sort of imagery is so easily appropriated or recycled by image-makers, in the service of selling and spending, corporate bottom lines, and a dream of luxury...
Okay, thanks for reading my two cents!


Blogger maja m.miusow said ... (3:54 PM) : 

oh no! why I left dublin, now there is no chance4me;/ good luck and enjoy anyway


Blogger We will fight on the beaches.... said ... (4:10 PM) : 

ACHTUNG! Dublin is so not Milan. Watch out Sart.


Blogger knn said ... (4:15 PM) : 

these portraits are beautiful.. i love when you post photographs by those who inspire your own work.. i might have to purchase this book now. :)


Blogger Helen James said ... (4:29 PM) : 

Scotland is truly beautiful, you should definetely visit it, but Ireland is beautiful too. I am registered for your book signing in Dublin and delighted you are making your way over to us. Look forward to seeing you


Blogger ingefaer said ... (5:25 PM) : 

anonymous - I can't speak for Scott but I don't think those photos were ment to comment on fashion and style but rather on the beautiful faces and on a photographer who inspires him.
I do hear what you are saying though.


Blogger MAISON CHAPLIN said ... (5:25 PM) : 

A very original post, congrats.

Paris F.Week at


Blogger Brummagem Joe said ... (5:41 PM) : 

I think there have been a few single malts consumed by these characters......note also the tweed of the jacket being worn by the young piper....the penultimate older gentleman is also wearing a very similar looks so good I'm going to save the pic of the piper and see if I can track it down and get a jacket made in it.....if you're heading to Ireland check out the Donegal tweeds which come in a variety of weights and looks should also follow another poster's advice and hit Scotland.....there are a bunch of small towns in the highlands selling the local tweeds and shooting suits with plus twos (knickerbockers) that would make great pics......and au contraire another poster, Dublin is a great looking city.....much of the old town is British Georgian.....some of the squares are marvelous as the quays and bridges over the Liffey......and there's the Guiness of course!!


Blogger Suri said ... (5:47 PM) : 

There seems to be some anti-Dubliners on here but Dublin has lots of stylish individual people who are into fashion, art and design and so much more. I recommend checking out The Liberties area around by Francis St. and Meath St. which is known as the old city and also around South William St. where there is quite a cool modern scene.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:48 PM) : 

I would love to meet the fellow in the cap with the intense eyes when I walk Manhattan's Rim~!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:44 PM) : 

Loved the Hebrides when I visited in 2003. Very desolate, beautiful, and with amazingly beautiful beaches, if freezing, even in July.

Dublin is quite different (lived there for a couple years and go back for regular visits). But it's a lot of fun! But good luck shooting.... my experience, at least around the colleges, was that the fashion was mostly short skirts and high heels with a huge jacket. I hope you find some interesting fashion and style statements on the street there.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:04 PM) : 

The Gentelmen of the ARAN ISLANDS would be the equvalent of this posting even today you will find these faces in the west.I recomend BILL DOYLES PORTRAITS OF THE ARAN ISLANDS VERY MUCH THE SAME BUY YOURSELF A COPY


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:43 PM) : 

hardship, poverty and global deprivation? just because some people choose to live a simple, country life does not mean they represent global deprivation. believe it or not, not everyone wants to be a businessman at a soulless company, but would rather live life closer to the natural things and gaining pleasure from the simple things in life.


Blogger MOD PAUL said ... (8:43 PM) : 

The Lad with the pipes looks braw..


Anonymous Holly said ... (8:54 PM) : 

To me and I know I'm from Okla. but when I think of Dublin, I would love to see it first hand. You will have a lot to capture there. Can't wait to see what you come up with.


Blogger Tanya said ... (9:07 PM) : 

If you're looking for interesting Irish men to photograph. Go to the Aran Islands, you can go there from Galway. In Galway the local crazy man is someone who walks around town everyday herding invisible sheep. Gotta love Ireland.


Blogger Christina Diaz said ... (9:09 PM) : 

thanks for sharing some images from the book! very inspiring! can't wait to see some images from dublin. also, i bought your book about 3+ weeks ago and really love it! i love the portability of it, great job!


Blogger Lolitta said ... (12:22 AM) : 

Love these faces and the textures...perfection!


Anonymous Alizée said ... (2:38 AM) : 

Dublin is great Go to the Pravda in front of the half penny bridge it is a great bar. Have fun in Dublin!


Blogger Reg said ... (2:42 AM) : 

Ditto Debra Healy, I went to the Isle of Mull just because of the amazing scenery in the movie, "I Know Where I'm Going!" The fact that the movie was in black and white made me want to see the scenery in full color! For anyone interested in Mull, I recommend the B&B "Cuidhe Leathain" in Tobermory. The owners, Jeannette and Alan, are wonderful hosts.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:51 AM) : 

There was a time not that long ago in both Ireland and Scotland where the landed farmers would wear thick bracken-proof wool suits both for church going and sheep shearing. It was a daily uniform.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:43 AM) : 

hello, as a trinity college student i have to say im pretty disgusted at anyone saying dublin isnt a great place to come to! dear scott, i wholly recommend you take a sejourn around the college when you get here - you WONT be disappointed. ENJOY!

aoife x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:49 AM) : 

Where is the book signing in Dublin?


Blogger AnastasiaC said ... (7:23 AM) : 

great portrait shots - so much depth in the faces! love books like this...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:25 AM) : 

great portraits! love their classic style..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:29 AM) : 

move on fast from Dublin and go West..try Sligo for mystery and beauty


Anonymous Debarge said ... (8:52 AM) : 

the hebrides! gotta love 'em - the epitomy of nature


Blogger Chris said ... (10:04 AM) : 

When are you coming to Edinburgh/Glasgow? Plenty of interesting looks here...


Blogger Valerie said ... (10:47 AM) : 

We went to Ireland for the first time this summer, and completely felt in love with that country !
I hope you'll love it too, if you can move a little bit I invite you to go to the ASFORD CASTLE (, we stayed there (in a little cottage in the castle parc) it is amazing. The little village is CONG where the movie "The qiet house" was filmed.
Only 3h drive from Dublin.
Please ask me if you need some information, or if you want to see pictures it would be a pleasure for me.
Valerie, Belgium.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:32 PM) : 

Dublin is very cosmopolitian now which is great in a way but also means that there aren't as many "great characters" to be seen. But in saying that if you care have a look around some of the older streets in Dublin you will surely meet with some great locals...!



Blogger James Taylor said ... (12:44 PM) : 

My grandma was from the Isle of Lewis. The landscape is at times almost lunar-like: not a lot of trees but plenty sheep and whisky. Needless to say it's the kind of place where everyone leaves as soon as they turn 16.


Anonymous Bring your Wellies! said ... (12:56 PM) : 

Enjoy Dublin for a day. Plenty to absorb there. But for a taste of Ireland closer to Paul Strand's vision please, even it you only have time for a day trip, do make the effort to go to the west coast, West Mayo, Connemara, Sligo, the Dúbh Lough (pr. 'Do Lock') Valley near Louisburg. Avoid the other cities, explore the roughest, pot-holeyest boreens and you will be rewarded!


Blogger Joseph Rudi Pielichaty said ... (1:05 PM) : 

You would love Scotland! It is an amazing country. I study in Edinburgh and am constantly overwhelmed by its culture and stunning history. Great, individual fashion makes the city just that little bit more perfect.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:07 PM) : 

right, so i've lived in ireland all my life (Belfast- and it's got it's fair share of fashionistas) and now living in Scotland (Edinburgh). There are loads of beautiful, original people for you to take pictures of. Dublin rocks, an amazing mix of people, a beautiful city and always fantastic fun... but Edinburgh is better! The best bit about all three cities is the amazing craftmanship that goes on and lots of tiny fashion labels. Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:37 PM) : 

Dublin is my home town, such a beautiful place but i think a lot of tourists miss it's charm by going to the wrong places!

Find Georgian Dublin, Fitzwilliam Square, the Grand Canal, Trinity College (where i go to uni!) Stephen's Green, Bull Island, Killiney, Dalkey and Howth..

These are some of the magical places in Dublin and I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time Scott!

Cead Mile Failte!
(A hundred thousand welcomes in Irish!)


Blogger Kamilla K said ... (1:42 PM) : 

have fun in dublin. it's my hometown. :)


Blogger the girl that stole the eiffel tower said ... (2:58 PM) : 

have fun in dublin!

theres lots of good vintage shops,
go to Georges Street Arcade, and Jenny Vanders, among others, and Temple Bar.

i'm going to try go up and see if i can spot you!
and dress in my best.

be prepared tho, irish weather is quite unpredictable.
i have sunglasses and an umbrella with me wherever i go.

we cant wait to have you :)



Anonymous Ruehl said ... (3:19 PM) : 

For the best chances of finding some interesting style interpretations I recommend spending a while roaming the Trinity College campus.

Then hit South William Street, South George's Street, Dame Street, and the Temple Bar area. Don't however, go to Temple Bar after dark where you'll simply be haunted by vomiting teens and painful bachelor/ette parties.

I hope you're lucky in your hunt for something that fits the bill for your blog and that you enjoy our capital city. And I hope I bump into you!


Blogger Amy said ... (3:25 PM) : 

Great portraits. I need to find this book. Looking forward to seeing your Dublin pictures I'm hoping to head Ireland early next year.


Anonymous Helena said ... (4:14 PM) : 

Hello - I have this book - its very good. My Grandpa was from the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides and the smallest and most perfect island of the archipeligo. The beaches are amazing and there are still some exapmles of 'black houses' whih featured in the book. The film 'Whiskey Galore' was filmed on the island and I can testify to their irreverance for authority. The weather can be extreme but its a truly amazing place.

Let me know if you plan to come to Scotland as I can give you some ideas of where to go. I was brought up in the very north so I know the wild northern highlands very well too.

Enjoy Dublin.


Anonymous sofie said ... (4:31 PM) : 

Visit Scotland. I am Swedish originally but I study in Edinburgh and it is absolutely incredibly beautiful!


Blogger Niamh Roisin said ... (5:31 PM) : 

Hello! I am sure that you will be very busy during your time in Dublin, but the weekend that you will be here, we will be holding an architecture festival called Open House, when the city's usually closed buildings throw their doors open to the public. I work in Trinity College Dublin, and we will be holding small tours of the grand Provost's House, which was embellished to a degree far beyond a Provost's station, and is the only 18th century townhouse still used as a private residence, and tours of the Loos Bar, a bijou replica of the American bar by modernist architect Adolf Loos, which is hidden inside Hugh Darley's 18th century dining hall - the space for it was cleared by a fire in 1984. This tour will be led by one of the greatest historians of classical architecture, Dr. Edward McParland, who is also one of the best dressed men in Dublin. These tours are all booked out, but if you would like to go, do just turn up. The Loos bar is one of the most elegantly tailored architectural setpieces in the most luxurious materials, it is really gorgeous. The tour is at 2pm, on Saturday 10th October, and it meets at the campanile of Trinity College, which is at the heart of Dublin. Hope you enjoy your trip to Dublin, in any case! Niamh, architectural historian, Trinity College Dublin.


Anonymous Soooali said ... (5:33 PM) : 

Delighted you will be coming to Dublin. I study art and Irish language and the combination has opened my eyes to the wonderful diversity of Dublin. Old and new come together seamlessly, your artistic eye is sure to pick that up! I'll be bringing your book around in the hope of seeing you and getting you to sign it!


Blogger Leopold Gloom said ... (6:07 PM) : 

Hope to go to your book-signing in Dublin, sir. While it's not Milan, Paris, Williamsburg nor Hoxton it does have it's own unique charm and style...and I'm fairly confident you'll find enough subjects to photograph.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:14 PM) : 

When are you going to Dublin? Fraid you'll find everyone wrapped up in overcoats as it's cold there now. Find a beautiful redhead and take lots of shots.


Anonymous Roni said ... (8:03 PM) : 

I have travelled extensively and still maintain that the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides is the most striking place I have ever visited. White sandy beaches on one side of the road clash with dark peat fields dotted with sheep on the other side. I'd love to go back there again!


Anonymous Kat said ... (8:14 PM) : 

Just wonderful! I cannot wait to spend a semester in Scotland in a few months!
Dublin is a beautiful city-- make sure to go to Temple Bar, or your trip will be incomplete.


Blogger L.B. said ... (9:11 PM) : 

Not enough said about Paul Strand - one of the very special photographers - this stuff is delicious


Blogger Lady San Pedro said ... (1:36 AM) : 



Anonymous FvaD. said ... (3:06 AM) : 

Looking at these photos, I have the feeling it's already being used as a source of inspiration in Fashion world.. strange how these simple gentlemen (the look great athough, effortless) wear what's worth thousands of dollars when produced under Big Name Labels.

I am in love with the horse :)


Blogger indigo16 said ... (4:38 AM) : 

The West coast of Scotland is heaven for sartorial style. I once sat in a pub (for that is the place to be) and a man walked in wearing no less that 4 different plaids incl plus fours and brogues.
Sadly I found Dublin a tad lacklustre but Belfast was great.
If you want a real treat go to the varsity towns. The Dons in particular are some of the best dressers I have met.

P.S my youngest daugter(8) loved your book, I caught her reading it at bedtime. Her favourites were the pouty cross child and Kanye West!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:19 AM) : 

Hope you wander away from the main shopping streets in Dublin. Otherwise, it's lots of WAG look-a-likes and orange tan.


Blogger SequinsandBangles said ... (5:57 AM) : 

Dublin is beautiful, and you will find loads of great people! Can't believe there is so much Dublin hating going on here. Sure it's not Milan or Paris but we still have great style! ( some of us!) Hope to see you up there! Grafton Street and St Stephens Green are two great places for you. Stephens Green is a beautiful little park at the end of Grafton Street! Great for images!


Anonymous liath said ... (7:31 AM) : 

I have this book's fantastic.
Living in Edinburgh, as I do, and being an archaeologist who researches predominantly Hebridean and N.W Scottish material, I'm often 'Up North' for a weeks at a time. While things have changed a lot since the period in which these photos were taken, the essential spirit if the Hebrides is still the same. If you ever get a chance you should take those winding roads and creaky boats, and have a vacation exploring some of the Islands.


Blogger Paige said ... (9:07 AM) : 

Do visit! I live in Edinburgh, and the innovation of dress demonstrated by some of the people here is constantly inspiring me with my own wardrobe, especially around the university. The student population is so diverse, so you see a lot of different styles inevitably influenced by and mixed with Scottish classicism.


Blogger Claire said ... (12:02 PM) : 

Delighted you are visting Dublin on Friday!


Blogger Ellie said ... (1:34 PM) : 

I understand that i should have gotten here earlier for you to read this comment, but may I say that Scotland is a beautiful place and if you ever decide to go there, go the whole way. Don't stay in the city, go out into the wild and stay in a tent or a caravan or a bed and breakfast. The sights are beautiful and is great for taking pictures. I stayed in a nice village which was in the middle of nowhere and there was not shops so the villagers made their own clothes. The fashion was amazing. everything was so brightly painted and there was a lot of tie die. It was truly amazing to see the change in cultures. I inspire to do what what you do and for my 14th birthday my parents and I are going to save up for a proper camera. I love your work and have loved it for a long time. I have a blog called Rabbit-hearted girl which is about my personal style my current camera is a fujifilm and is terrible! But I will be getting a good one soon!


Anonymous ron mcmillan said ... (1:54 PM) : 

Stretching the point a little, among the Scottish islands, my favourites are the Shetland Isles. Stunning coastal scenery with geophysical history going back hundreds of millions of years, and the islanders themselves the product of more than five thousand years of history.

I liked Shetland so much that I went back and wrote a book about my travels throughout the islands.

Ron McMillan


Blogger Danielle said ... (2:24 PM) : 

i remember learning about paul strand, along with other pinoneers of photography, and i was blown away.
so, cheers to you for continually perpetuating such a fine art.


Anonymous ChervelleCamille said ... (8:36 PM) : 

Something about these photos that are timeless and makes you want to hang out with these men and hear their old tell-tale stories


Anonymous loulou elizabeth said ... (5:57 AM) : 

my grandad has photos like these looool


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:19 AM) : 

If you're by Scotland, don't miss Glasgow... not many people mentioned it, but it's wonderful and funky and real. I studied abroad there and it was a kick in the rear to the style sense, had to keep up with all the amazing art students!


Anonymous maddyshopqueen said ... (2:29 PM) : 

I am from the Outer Hebrides and it is a very beautiful place to visit - Harris Tweed is astonishing, over 8000 patterns and colourways..visit the mills and buy as much as you can! There is a great place in Tarbert, Harris by the quay which has rolls and rolls of vintage tweeds going back decades..a satorialist's dream...


Blogger CAR said ... (7:32 PM) : 

Also, Glasgow has a really cool streetstyle.


Blogger Clarity said ... (11:17 AM) : 

The Hebrides are tremendous, I am taking a dear relative there for a surprise treat next Spring.

The mountains, the mist, the people. You should watch "I Know Where I'm Going", the loveliest film of the area made by a couple of directors you might have heard of ;)


Blogger Julia M said ... (7:15 AM) : 

You should visit the Hebridies! I'm from the Isle of Lewis, and while I agree with whoever said it's the kind of place that people leave as soon as they turn 16, it's wonderful for a visit.

You'd almost definitely have to stick with the older generations to see some nice style (bootcut jeans and Helly Hansen jackets seem to be the uniform amongst younger people), but it's well worth a visit. Lovely beaches throughout, and a lot of culture to soak up! I'd recommend Hebridean ales and chocolates-amazing!


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