Research point – Joel Sternfield

Joel Sternfield (30th June 1944)


Sternfield is a fine art photographer specializing in large format documentary pictures of the USA.  He began working in colour in 1970 after learning the colour theory of Johannes Itten and Josef Albers.

Sternfield’s most known publication is his book, ‘American Prospects’ (1987) exploring the irony of human altered landscapes in the USA.  Other publications of note, ‘On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam, (1997) about violence in America, Sternfield photographed sites of recent tragedies.

Between 1991 and 1994 Sternfield worked with Malinda Hunt to document New York city’s cemetery on Hart Island, producing the book ‘Hart Island’ (1998).

Other published books on subjects such as social class and stereo types of America, ‘Stranger Passing’ (2001) Abandoned elevated railway lines on New York, @Walking the High Line’ (2002) ‘Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America’ (2006) and ‘When it Changed’ 2006 contains portraits of the delegates debating the climate change at the 2005 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal.




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