Joel Sternfeld, Green Valley Arizona, 1978, Pigment Print, 21,5 x 32,5 cm
Taken between 1971 and 1980, the First Pictures are outstanding examples of early American Color Photography. It was these pictures which laid the foundation for Joel Sternfeld's career; in 1978 he received the first of two Guggenheim Fellowships on the basis of these works. Many aspects, which are relevant for his later work, can be seen in the First Pictures: the narrative quality, the ironical and tongue-in-cheek view of things and his focus on social, political and ecological subjects. Influenced by the color theories of Bauhaus, with the First Pictures Sternfeld began to build up his photographic images basing them on two or three dominant tones of color - a composition principle which, among other things, was to become pivotal in American Prospects (1978 - 1986).
We are pleased to invite you to the Finissage with Joel Sternfeld on 25 April.