JOEL STERNFELD I American Prospects
Zander Galerie Cologne is delighted to present its first solo exhibition of works by a major figure in the photography world, Joel Sternfeld. The American photographer belongs to the most important representatives of the New Color Photography movement from the 1970s. As a critical observer, Sternfeld traveled through the US for years, capturing the country and its inhabitants in all their peculiarities and contradictions in extense.
In his seminal series American Prospects, created between 1978 and 1986, Sternfeld deals with the American landscape and the relationship to its people. The presentation at Zander Galerie comprises a selection of about 25 works of American Prospects most of which have neither been published nor exhibited.
“Born of a desire to follow the seasons up and down America, and equally to find lyricism in contemporary American life despite all its dark histories, I have been very fortunate as American Prospects has enjoyed a life of acclaim. Its photographs are filled with unexpected excitement, despair, tenderness and hope. Its fears are expressed in beauty, its sorrows in irony. Oddly enough, the society it seems to presage has now come to be; oddly enough, the ideas of this pictures bespeak our present moment.” (Joel Sternfeld)
On the occasion of the opening, Zander Galerie is also pleased to invite the public to a book signing with Joel Sternfeld. –including the now classic images alongside a group of never published photographs–will be available for signing by the artist. American Photographs The Americans
Joel Sternfeld was born in New York City in 1944. He has received numerous awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Prix de Rome and the Citibank Photography Award. Sternfeld holds the Nobel Foundation Chair in Art and Cultural History at Sarah Lawrence College in