Joel Sternfeld Documented Communities, Culture, Landscapes, and Life of America in the 1970s and 1980s

Joel Sternfeld was born in New York City in 1944. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Art. Sternfeld began taking photographs in 1970 after studying the color theory of Johannes Itten and Josef Albers. Some of his early work was taken with small and medium format cameras.

Sternfeld traversed the United States on a road trip in 1978. In his travels, Sternfeld captured the communities, cultures, landscapes, and quotidian life he encountered using an 8 x 10-inch camera.

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

#7 Approximately 17 of 41 Sperm Whales That Beached and Subsequently Died, Florence, Oregon, June 1979

#10 Exhausted Renegade Elephant, Woodland, Washington, June 1979

#15 After A Flash Flood, Rancho Mirage, California, 1979

#16 After a Tornado, Grande Isle, Nebraska, June 1980

#17 Swift River, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire, July 1980

#18 Wet n’ Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, September 1980

#19 Jungle Gym, Wet n’Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, September 1980

#21 Member of the Christ Family Religious Sect, Hidlago County, Texas, January 1983

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

#29 A Blind Man in His Garden, Homer, Alaska, June 1984

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