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Joel Sternfeld

Joel Sternfeld

Joel Sternfeld was born in New York City in 1944. He has a BA from Dartmouth College, and started to experiment with colour photography in the 1970s. He is now considered to be one of the major figures in the world of photography. In 1987 Sternfeld published one of his most famous series, American Prospects, a result of many road trips around America, during which he explored landscapes that had been altered by human activity and made his photographs with a great eye for detail and a strong sense of colour.

Sternfeld is the author of twelve books including Hart Island (1988), Stranger Passing (2001), Sweet Earth (2006), When It Changed (2007) and Oxbow Archive (2008). He has received numerous awards, including two Guggenheim fellowships, a Prix de Rome (2004) and the Citibank Photography Award. In recent years he has developed a strong interest in global warming and the destructive forces faced by our society. His most recent project iDubai - to be published by Steidl in May 2010 - investigates consumerism and capitalism plus the theoretical implications of the proliferation of mobile phone cameras around the globe. In Dubai, Joel Sternfeld used his iPhone camera to get beyond mass-media images of the Emirate.

Joel Sternfeld is represented by Luhring Augustine, New York.

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