Joel Stern­feld

Hon­orary Fel­low­ship

Amateur Photographer - - Rps Awards 2017 -

Best known for his large-for­mat colour im­agery of roadside Amer­ica, Joel Stern­feld trains his lens on or­di­nary peo­ple and places in a bid to ex­plore col­lec­tive Amer­i­can iden­tity. He be­gan mak­ing pho­to­graphs in the 1970s hav­ing stud­ied the colour the­o­ries of Jo­hannes It­ten and Josef Al­bers. Un­sur­pris­ingly, colour plays a huge part in Stern­feld’s work, and one of his most fa­mous im­ages fea­tures a fire­man buy­ing a pump­kin from a roadside stall. Stern­feld has taught pho­tog­ra­phy at Sarah Lawrence Col­lege since 1985. He is also the re­cip­i­ent of two Guggen­heim Fel­low­ships and a Prix de Rome.

Clever vis­ual jux­ta­po­si­tions of­ten fea­ture in Stern­feld’s work

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