First edition of Joel Sternfeld's American Prospects; Signed by Him
Item Number: 1440
Houston: Times Books, 1987.
First edition of Sternfeld’s acclaimed first photobook. Oblong quarto, original cloth, with 55 plates. Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows a small closed tear. Signed by Joel Sternfeld on the title page.
Joel Sternfelds work is considered a classic amongst photography, having permanently enhanced the face of color photography. "American Prospects is less a composed sequence than a series of deceptively classical compositions. But many of the pictures contain wild juxtapositions: firefighters extinguish a blaze while one of their number shops nonchalantly for pumpkins matching the flames; a basketball hoop stands sentry in a new suburban dead end; pretty flowers shimmer alongside a sports car in the same wild pink. The idealized semirural life is really a world of uncanny disquiet, perfectly suited to the still and mute image" (Aperture Magazine). Roth 101; Parr & Badger; The Photobook: A History Vol.II,