Joel Sternfeld

Photographer, Visual Artist

1944 –

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Who is Joel Sternfeld?

Joel Sternfeld is a fine-art color photographer noted for his large-format documentary pictures of the United States and helping establish color photography as a respected artistic medium. He has many works in the permanent collections of the MOMA in New York City and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. He has influenced a generation of color photographers, including Andreas Gursky, who borrows many of Sternfeld's techniques and approaches.

Sternfeld earned a BA from Dartmouth College and teaches photography at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He began taking color photographs in 1970 after learning the color theory of Johannes Itten and Josef Albers. Color is an important element of his photographs.

American Prospects is Sternfeld's most known book and explores the irony of human-altered landscapes in the United States. To make the book, Sternfeld photographed ordinary things, including unsuccessful towns and barren-looking landscapes.

Another book, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam, is about violence in America. Sternfeld photographed sites of recent tragedies. Next to each photograph is text about the events that happened at that location.

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Born
Jun 30, 1944
New York City
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College
    Art
    ( - 1965)
Lived in
  • New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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