Joel Sternfeld, New York City (Rush Hour - First Pictures series), 1976, 12’ x 15’, Epson print, courtesy Xippas Gallery and Joel Sternfeld
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Joel Sternfeld: a leap in time?` In 1969 Sternfeld (b.1944, NY) began working with a 35 mm camera and Kodachrome film. This was the opening chapter of career which asserted him as a precocious master of color photography and composition. During that decade, he also developed traits that appear in his mature work. The result was illustrated in a book published by Steidl, First Pictures (2011). In 1987, his legendary American Prospects series was first published. Using an 8’x10’ large format camera, he was able to forge a new vision, which presented the contingencies of human and natural events in a form reminiscent of narrative tableaux containing intimate details. Although some aspects of his early work, such as street photography were left behind, the booth project aims to demonstrate that a strong body of work such as American Prospects came about with many strings attached, the end which may found in his First Pictures.