Joel Sternfeld: First Pictures

Joel Sternfeld: First Pictures


By (author) Joel Sternfeld, By (author) Jessica May

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  • Publisher: Steidl Verlag
  • Format: Hardback | 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 251mm x 300mm x 30mm | 2,223g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Gottingen
  • ISBN 10: 3869303093
  • ISBN 13: 9783869303093
  • Edition statement: new edition.
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 183,142

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This is the first book of Joel Sternfeld's largely unseen early color photographs. In 1969 Sternfeld began working with a 35-mm camera and Kodachrome film, and First Pictures contains works from this time until 1980. Here Sternfeld develops traits that appear in his mature work: irony, a politicized view of America, concern for the social condition. But there are also pictures that bear little relation to his later work: color arrangements that parallel those of Eggleston, as well as street photography which Sternfeld ceased making in 1976. The photographs in "First Pictures" were made at a time when color photography was struggling to assert itself against the authoritative black-and-white tradition, making this book a revelation both in Sternfeld's oeuvre and in the history of contemporary photography. A major figure in the photography world, Joel Sternfeld was born in New York City in 1944. He has received numerous awards including two Guggenheim fellowships, a Prix de Rome and the Citibank Photography Award. Sternfeld's books published by Steidl include "American Prospects" (2003), "Sweet Earth" (2006) and "Oxbow Archive" (2008).

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