Strand found in photography his first passion and career since early age. He defined his own vision and purpose in the Straight Photography movement, after visiting 291 Gallery and meeting Alfred Stieglitz, who became his close friend. He had his first solo exhibition in 1917 at 291 Gallery and two issues dedicated to his work on Camera Work. He collaborated with Charles Scheeler on a short silent film called Manhatta. He turned to political themes with Redes (The Wave) and in 1936 founded with Berenice Abbott the Photo League, raising awareness on social rights. In 1950 he published The Time in New England – a book that gave Strand’s work a different angle. He collaborated with various authors producing a series of photo-geographic books for France, Italy and Ghana.