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Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects

by Joel Sternfeld (Photographer), Kerry Brougher (Text by), Andy Grundberg (Text by), Anne Tucker (Text by)
 

First published in 1987, Joel Sternfeld’s American Prospects is the classic photo record of 1980s America. This definitive edition, made with new plates and including one additional photograph, offers a spectacular, funny, sad and soberly riveting portrait of America’s diverse possibilities and prospects in the Reagan era. From the famous

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First published in 1987, Joel Sternfeld’s American Prospects is the classic photo record of 1980s America. This definitive edition, made with new plates and including one additional photograph, offers a spectacular, funny, sad and soberly riveting portrait of America’s diverse possibilities and prospects in the Reagan era. From the famous “Wet n’ Wild Aquatic Theme Park” in Florida to “The Space Shuttle Columbia Lands at Kelly Air Force Base” in San Antonio, Texas; from melancholy images of beached whales in Oregon to beautiful views of Yellowstone National Park and Bear Lake in Utah; from post-tornado Nebraska to a previously unseen photograph from the series, “Bikini Contest, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 1983”; the sublime contradictions and tragicomedy of this volume are without doubt one of the greatest accomplishments of color photography, all the more fully realized in this splendid new edition. An essay by Kerry Brougher, Chief Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, considers the historical context of Sternfeld’s book and the pivotal role that American Prospects has played in the evolution of contemporary filmmaking and art photography.
A major exponent of color photography in America, 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 other books include On This Site (1997), Hart Island (1998), Stranger Passing (2001), Walking the High Line (2002), Sweet Earth (2006), When It Changed (2007), Oxbow Archive (2008) and First Pictures (2011).

Editorial Reviews

Aperture Magazine
American Prospects is less a composed sequence than a series of deceptively classical compositions. But many of the pictures contain wild juxtapositions: firefighters extinguish a blaze while one of their number shops nonchalantly for pumpkins matching the flames; a basketball hoop stands sentry in a new suburban dead end; pretty flowers shimmer alongside a sports car in the same wild pink. The idealized semirural life is really a world of uncanny disquiet, perfectly suited to the still and mute image.
Vanity Fair
Searching for the pulse of our country, Joel Sternfeld’s photos echo our American prospects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935202974
Publisher:
D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
Publication date:
09/30/2012
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
140
Sales rank:
389,344
Product dimensions:
11.90(w) x 15.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Andy Grundberg is an art critic, teacher, curator and consultant who has been a proponent of photography's role in the fine arts for more than 25 years. He has been a critic and columnist at the New York Times, served as Director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography, and is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the visual-culture journal see, and the author of many books on photography.

Joel Sternfeld was born in New York City in 1944. His photographs have been extensively exhibited, notably in Three Americans at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1984, and more recently in Stranger Passing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and On This Site at The Art Institute of Chicago. Sternfeld's published work includes Walking the High Line, a series of photographs of the abandoned elevated railway in Manhattan's Chelsea district, and Treading on Kings, photographs of protesters at the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy.

Anne Wilkes Tucker is Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the author of Louis Faurer and The History of Japanese Photography.

Katy Siegel is associate professor of art history and art criticism at Hunter College, City University of New York, and a contributing editor at Artforum. She has written widely on modern and contemporary art, including catalogue essays on Bernard Frize, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Dana Schutz, Richard Tuttle and Lisa Yuskavage. Most recently, she was co-author with Paul Mattick of Art Works: Money (2004).

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