Joel Sternfeld

Born 1944, New York, New York | Lives and works in New York, New York

Joel Sternfeld, installation view of the series Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America, 2005, digital c-prints; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York; Photo: Greenhouse Media


Joel Sternfeld, a pioneer of color photography since the time of its debut in the art world in the 1970s, is known for his in-depth meditations on uniquely American sites and stories, including experimental communities (Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America, 2006) and the effect of human intervention on the natural landscape (American Prospects, 1987). Sternfeld studied at Dartmouth College and has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally. Among the many awards he has received for his photography are two Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships (1978, 1982), the Prix de Rome (1990–91), and the Citigroup Photography Prize, in association with the Photographer’s Gallery (2004). His photographs are held in collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles).

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