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Pier 24 Photography is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


Lecture by Joel Sternfeld
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Joel Sternfeld
Joel Sternfeld, 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.