Celtic.Brushes

Monday 5/02/2005

JOEL STERNFELD

Joel Sternfeld began to experiment with color photography in 1970, making street photographs of haggard commuters and harried urban dwellers. The images published in his first book, American Prospects, depict the irony that occurs when humans try to dominate and alter the landscape. Concentrating on the intersection of city and wilderness, Sternfeld often photographs inhabited places such as suburbs, which he feels reveal "a simple truth of place." In 1997 he made a group of images entitled On This Site, depicting the public, outdoor locations where infamous crimes took place. In his attempt to reinterpret the sites, Sternfeld "looked at the landscape for what it revealed about humanity," believing that "the landscape contains meaning, contains clues about the society." He currently teaches photography at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.

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