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Joel Sternfeld


Joel Sternfeld (born June 30, 1944) is an American fine-art photographer. He is best known for his large-format color pictures of contemporary American life and identity. His work contributed to the establishment of color photography as a respected artistic medium. Furthering the tradition of roadside photography started by Walker Evans in the 1930s, Sternfeld documents people and places with unexpected excitement, despair, tenderness, and hope. Ever since the 1987 publication of his landmark “American Prospects,” Sternfeld’s work has interwoven the conceptual and political, while being steeped in history, landscape theory and his passion for the passage of the seasons. Sternfeld’s is a beautiful and sad portrait of America - ironic, lyrical, unfinished, seeing without judging.

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Born 30 June 1944. Sternfeld established himself, in 1966, as a freelance landscape, industrial, architectural and portrait photographer in New York City. Since 1970, Sternfeld has worked in colour. In 1979, Sternfeld photographed landscapes in Arizona. In 1989, he was awarded the Prix de Rome, allowing him to photograph the Roman Campagna for one year. American photographer.

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Joel Sternfeld, Joel Peter Sternfeld

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96 works

96 works