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Art, Photography

see more photographs by Joel Sternfeld here. 

Joel Sternfeld, A Young Man Gathering Shopping Carts, Huntington, NY, July 1993. Screen shot 2014-01-05 at 8.50.15 PMJoel Sternfeld, McLean, Virginia, December 1978.

75f05baeJoel Sternfeld, Abandoned Freighter, Homer, Alaska, July 1984.

2e005982Joel Sternfeld, Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona 1983.

SweetieFace_043_CD01Joel Sternfeld, California (#4) 1977.

Joel Sternfeld, Matanuska Glacier, Matanuska Valley, Alaska, July 1984.

No individual photo explains anything. That’s what makes photography such a wonderful and problematic medium. It is the photographer’s job to get this medium to say what you need it to say. Because photography has a certain verisimilitude, it has gained a currency as truthful—but photographs have always been convincing lies. – Joel Sternfeld.

it’a all blue now.


488_900115001378838074Nan Goldin, Self Portrait in Blue Bathroom 1980. more work here. 

RushHour_006_CD0Joel Sternfeld, Location Unknown, (#1) 1976. more work here. 

Gulfport-Rake_mDavid Graham, Gulfport, MS Artist Website here. 

contrailsPeter Brown, Contrails, Sand Hills, Nebraska 2003. artist website here. 


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Jaime Lowe, Untitled from America PageImage-513731-3767468-f8396b6aed

Jaime Lowe, Untitled from America  PageImage-513731-3767466-d4e8d7693d

Jaime Lowe, Untitled from America 

Jaime Lowe Artist Website Here. 

Melanie Einzig 02

Melanie Einzig, Untitled from New York.Melanie Einzig

Melanie Einzig, Untitled from New York. Screen shot 2013-04-08 at 9.35.10 PM

Melanie Einzig, Untitled from New York.

Melanie Einzig’s Artist Website HERE. 

the canon

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I close my eyes and I think of the canon. The canon are the photographers I draw on in times of doubt. They give me comfort, solace and inspiration. They include Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Lee Friedlander, Sally Mann, Corrine Day, Glen Luchford, Erwin Blumenfeld, Harry Callahan and, in this case, Irving Penn. I close my eyes and I go through the rolodex in my head thinking of them all until I find the one that instinctively feels like the inspirational match for the task at hand. That’s not to say I set about slavishly ripping them off. I use them as my starting point, my jumping off point. They are my photographic moral compass. -Chris Floyd from Cleaning Living Under Difficult Circumstances

This excerpt really got me thinking about my rolodex of inspiration which lead me to today’s post..

Robert Frank, U.S. 285, New Mexico 1956

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #48 1979 seework.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Untitled 1960 seemorework.

Robert Frank, Bar, New York City 1956

Diane Arbus, Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park 1962 (and negatives)

Garry Winogrand, Untitled [3 figures], 1960 readmore.

Rene Burri, Shadow of a Tree, 1963 readmore.

Harry Callahan, Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago 1953

Joel Sternfeld, Washington D.C., August 1974 seemorework.

Stephen Shore, Ginger Show, Tampa 1977

Tina Barney, Mr. and Mrs. Castelli 1988 readmore. 

Larry Sultan, Dad on Bed 1985

William Eggleston, Memphis (Tricycle) 1969 Artistwebsite.

whats in ya’lls rolodex of inspiration?

classic tuesdays

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Stephen Shore, Granite, Oklahoma July 1975 more

Joel Sternfeld, A Man at O’Hare Airport, Chicago, IL, July 1988 moore

William Eggleston, Untitled 1976 mooore

the altered life

Art, exhibitions, Photography

Joel Sternfeld, New York City, (#1), 1976, pigment print

Joel Sternfeld, Egg Harbor, New Jersey, 1972, pigment print

I wish I was able to check out Joel Sternfeld, First Pictures at Luhring Augustine Gallery in NYC. Luckily for all of us they have an extensive online gallery to enjoy. See 78 more works here.

photographs have always been convincing lies– Joel Sternfeld

and the truth is always in shades of gray

Art, exhibitions, Photography

I  like public art (especially when it incorporates photography) and I really like New York City,  so it’s no wonder that  I love this…  Landscape with Path is a project curated by Joel Sternfeld that brings art to the brand new (and beautiful) High Line. Near West 18th Street Sternfeld, Robert Adams, and Darren Almond will each occupy a large billboard adjacent to the urban garden. This month, Robert Adams 1979 photograph, Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County, was installed. I love the contrast of the bare, desert road leading to vast nothingness, against the lush, artificially constructed modern garden. 

Robert Adams, Nebraska State Highway 2, Box Butte County, Nebraska 1979

installation view

Joel Sternfeld, A Railroad Artifact, 30th st, May 2000

(First billboard installed)