Stranger Passing (Hardcover)

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Over a period of fifteen years Joel Sternfeld travelled across America and took portrait photographs that form in Douglas R. Nickel's words an "intelligent, unscientific, interpretive sampling of what Americans looked like at the century's end." Unlike...

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Over a period of fifteen years Joel Sternfeld travelled across America and took portrait photographs that form in Douglas R. Nickel's words an "intelligent, unscientific, interpretive sampling of what Americans looked like at the century's end." Unlike historical portraits which represent significant people in staged surroundings, Sternfeld's subjects are uncannily "normal": a banker having an evening meal, a teenager collecting shopping carts in a parking lot, a homeless man holding his bedding. Using August Sander's classic photograph of three peasants on their way to a dance as a starting point, Sternfeld employed a conceptual strategy that amounts to a new theory of the portrait, which might be termed "The Circumstantial Portrait". What happens when we encounter the other in the mist of a circumstance? What presumptions, if any, are valid? What, if anything, can be known of the other from a photographic portrait?

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ISBN 9783869304991
Genre PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers / Artists' Books
Format Hardcover
Publisher Date 2012-08-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Steidl
Copyright Year 2012
Height 11.75 in
Wdth 13.75 in
Thickness 0.75 in
Unit weight 3.9 lb
Language English
Audience College/higher education
Authors Nickel, Douglas R.

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