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