Joel Sternfeld

Joel Sternfeld : First Pictures

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This is the first book of Sternfeld's largely unseen early colour 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 politicised view of America, concern for the social condition. But there are also pictures that bear little relation to his later work: colour 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 colour 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.

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  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 251.46 x 299.72 x 30.48mm | 2,222.59g
  • Steidl Publishers
  • Steidl Verlag
  • Gottingen, Germany
  • English
  • new edition.
  • colour illustrations
  • 3869303093
  • 9783869303093
  • 232,727