Quote Originally Posted by juan
It's my understanding that Strand didn't use a right angle lens - he just made a large, fake "lens" and stuck it on the side of the camera. Folks in those days had not seen so many cameras, so when they saw the large and obvious "lens" pointing away from them, they didn't notice the real lens pointing in their direction.
That was true originally, but he did use a prism lens later. (I think for some of the New Mexico stuff. I suspect the famous picture of the group of Native Americans at the Taos Pueblo was done this way, but don't know for sure.) I think you are correct that people today would not be fooled. Maybe anyway....