OUR PICKS OF THE MONTH
Joel Sternfeld, The Early Years
Fans of early color photography, Joel Sternfeld and the richness of
Kodachrome will all find much to like in this new book from Steidl.
First Pictures features 140 of Sternfeld’s largely unseen early color
images, dating from 1969, the year he began shooting Kodachrome
with a 35mm camera, until 1980. In her essay in the book, Jessica May
talks about the influence of Sternfeld’s meeting with another color
pioneer of the period, William Eggleston. But the book shows that
Sternfeld was exploring lots of different directions. It includes street
photography, for example, as well as landscapes and his studies of
light on objects and interiors. There are some flat-out funny images
here, too. Any harried mom will appreciate Sternfeld’s photo of a
woman lugging a laundry basket in her arms; our eyes are drawn
to the face of the placid baby who’s been piled atop the towels and
clothes heaped in the basket.
by Joel Sternfeld
Essay by Jessica May
140 photos, $78
© joel sternfeld
“Egg Harbor, New Jersey,” 1972, from First Pictures by Joel Sternfeld.
In 2010, the Center for
Documentary Studies at
Duke University teamed
with the editors of Daylight
magazine to create awards
to support projects by
talented photographers, both
established and emerging. The
first place winners, juror picks
and honorable mentions in the
2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards
competition are on display at
Center for Documentary Studies
until December 22.
© tamas dezso
“Night Watchman” was photographed in Budapest in 2009.
The image is from Tamas Dezso’s series, “Here, Anywhere.”
Tamas Dezso won the Project Award for his series, “Here, Anywhere.” Begun in 2009, it examines
Hungary’s transformation by looking at places where “a certain outdated, awkward, longed-to-be-forgotten Eastern Europeanness still lingers.” David Price won the Work-in-Process Prize for “Friday
Night,” photos of work and play in a remote village in Burkina Faso.
Each of the competition’s guest jurors suggested their own favorite projects to include in the
exhibition. The jurors were Anthony Bannon, director, George Eastman House; Darren Ching, co-
owner, Klompching Gallery and creative director at PDN; Stacey D. Clarkson, art director, Harper’s
Magazine ; Whitney Johnson, director of photography, The New Yorker ; Sasha Wolf, owner, Sasha Wolf
Gallery; and photographer Joel Sternfeld, who chose not to name
a juror pick. Daylight editors Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff, and
CDS publishing director, Alexa Dilworth, and exhibitions director,
Courtney Reid-Eaton, also participated.
Photos of the 2011 Project Prize Winner and the Work-in-Process
Prize winner can be found on the CDS web site at
2011 Daylight/CDS Photo Awards
Through December 22
1317 W. Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27705
New Photography, New (and Old) Processes
The annual “New Photography” show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art sets out to highlight themes and currents
in contemporary photography by examining new images, usually by two to four forward-looking photographers.
This year, curator Dan Leers wanted to portray the many ways that photographs are now being made, assembled and
captured, and he selected six artists to show.
Doug Rickard uses Google Street View to get photos of areas where employment is low, crime and drug use are
high, and educational opportunities are few. Moyra Davey makes traditional prints, then folds them into envelope
shapes and puts them in the mail. When they come back to her with postal stamps and cancellations, she makes them
into a grid. Zhang Dali has assembled images used as propaganda in China during Mao’s reign and exhibits them
beside the original, unretouched photos.
Then we turn to straighter shooters. Deanna Lawson takes intimate photos of African
Americans, examining relationships and identity. The Netherlands-born Viviane Sassen,
who last year won the ICP Infinity Award for Fashion/Applied Arts, returns to Africa,
where she spent part of her childhood, to recreate her dreams and childhood memories in
colorful, sometimes surreal images. The documentary photographer in the group, George
Georgiou, demonstrates his uncanny eye for composition in visually arresting photos that
explore the clash of tradition and Westernization in Turkey.
“New Photography 2011”
Through January 16, 2012
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: 212 708-9400
© viviane sassen
“Parasomnia” by Viviane Sassen is exhibited in
“New Photography 2011” at the Museum of Modern Art.