Kenyon College

Joel Sternfeld (American, b. 1944)


Photographer Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944) has exhibited documentary large-scale full color photography since the mid 1970s. His work has captured a variety of subjects, moving comfortably from the urban to the rural, from Wall Street interns to men along the Mississippi river. Noteworthy projects include American Prospects, a project that documented seemingly impossible to believe moments that Sternfeld came upon while traveling across the United States. Prospects was presented in 1984 at the Museum of Modern Art and subsequently published in 1987. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a recipient of the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a NEA Photographers Fellowship. His Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America (2005) was recently showcased as part of the 2013 Carnegie International. His work is represented in the Houston Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery and many others.

Image: Photograph by Jonathan Reff, courtesy of Joel Sternfeld.



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