JUDITH JOY ROSS I Elles X Paris Photo 2021

Judith Joy Ross in conversation

I photograph total strangers. But I see in them something incredible first.”
Born in 1946 in Pennsylvania, photographer Judith Joy Ross has been developing a body of work centred around portraiture since the early 1980s. A documentary approach inspired by the images of August Sander, Walker Evans and Diane Arbus. Working exclusively with a view camera, she captures complete strangers with rare sensitivity – from young students to soldiers sent to Vietnam during the war, or even members of the American Congress.