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"'First Pictures' is the first book of STERNFELD's largely unseen early colour photographs.

Sternfeld began in 1969 working with a 35 mm camera and Kodachrome film; the book 'First Pictures' contains works from this time until 1980.
Here STERNFELD develops traits that appear in his mature work: irony, a politicised view of America, concern for the social condition.

But there are also pictures that bear little relation to his later work: colour arrangements that parallel those of EGGLESTON, as well as street photography which STERNFELD ceased making in 1976.
The photographs in 'First Pictures' were made at a time when colour photography was struggling to assert itself against the authoritative black and white tradition, making this book a revelation both in STERNFELD’s oeuvre and in the history of contemporary photography."(publisher's note)

About the photographer, Joel STERNFELD (*1944):
A major figure in the photography world, Joel STERNFELD was born in New York City.
He has received numerous awards including two Guggenheim fellowships, a Prix de Rome and the Citibank Photography Award.

Other titles by Joel STERNFELD:
'American Prospects' (2003),
'Sweet Earth' (2006)
'Oxbow Archive' (2008)