Joel Sternfeld

The Space Shuttle Columbia Lands at Kelly Lackland Air Force Base, San
Antonio, Texas, March 1979

Summer Interns Having Lunch, Wall Street, New York, New York, August 1987

Central Park, north of the Obelisk, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 1993

Washington D.C., August 1974

Domestic Workers Waiting for the Bus, Atlanta Georgia, April 1983

A Man Waiting for a Tow Truck to Take His Car to a Demolition Derby at the County Fair, South Hadley, Massachusetts, September 1998
The Tow Truck Never Came and He Was Unable to Race That Year

Das Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany is dedicating a first European retrospective (06/07 - 23/10) to the American photographer Joel Sternfeld with around 130 works from over three decades. Among them are 60 photographs from his never before published early work, which extends from 1969 to the late 1970s. The exhibition, curated by Ute Eskildsen, will be leaving on tour after its presentation in the Museum Folkwang with stops in Amsterdam (Foam 15/12), Berlin and Vienna.

I couldn’t resist but to buy the wonderful book accompanying the exhibition on Sternfeld’s early, to date unpublished works entitled First Pictures. In 1969 Sternfeld began working with a 35 mm camera and Kodachrome film, and First Pictures contains works from this time until 1980. Here Sternfeld develops traits that appear in his mature work: irony, a politicised view of America, concern for the social condition. But there are also pictures that bear little relation to his later work: colour arrangements that parallel those of Eggleston, as well as street photography which Sternfeld ceased making in 1976.

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