Redes (1936) was a feature film photographed by Paul Stand. It was released as The Wave in the United States to great praise. The film followed a young fisherman forced to organize his townsmen agains the exploitation by wealth hacienda owners and entrenched political interests.

The sea was a reoccurring motif in Strands photography. The two photographs above depict the way Mexicans and Ghanaians make a living off the sea. It is not hard to imagine that the enslaved africans who were brought over to the Mexican coast would also be fishing with Mexico’s indigenous population. The mexican photograph has one solitary figure dwarfed under the long stretch of nets. Almost void of people, the photographs suggests a lack of life when the nets are out of the water. In the Ghana portrait, we see two men mending nets unaware of the camera.  

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