Joel Sternfeld

Artist lecture Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona, 1983, from the series American Prospects

American photographer Joel Sternfeld helped pioneer the use of color in art photography in the 1970s and 1980s, first gaining serious recognition with the publication of American Prospects in 1987. The book, which featured pictures taken on a series of road trips across the country, subtly documented underlying socioeconomic issues in America with irony and humor.  Subsequent projects have focused on different aspects of American life and culture, including alternative lifestyle communities, environmental degradation, historical sites and strangers. With an eye for the absurd as well as the quietly monumental, Sternfeld captures all of his subjects with dignity.

Throughout his career, the book has been a significant method of presenting work for Sternfeld.  American Prospects was the first of a number of highly regarded and influential books, which includes On This Site (1996), Stranger Passing (2001), Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America (2006), iDubai (2010), First Pictures (2011) and others.

Sternfeld’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Prix-de-Rome (1990-91) and the Citibank Photography Award (2004). He currently lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.