Lynn Stern
American, born 1942

The primary concern of Lynn Stern's black-and-white photography, a fascination unchanged throughout a 30 year photographic career, is luminosity. Stern uses exclusively natural, indirect light as the subject in her pictures, presented as an object rather than a quality. For instance, in Full Circle #6:54a (2006-09), Stern employs a technique she has explored since 1985, wherein translucent fabric is used to capture and illustrate light. At once dynamic and peaceful, Stern's images urge viewers to meditate on their lives and relationships with the world. As the daughter of the late David Solinger (art collector and former Whitney Museum president) Stern grew up around an extensive collection of Abstract Expressionist paintings and sculptures. Her later influences would include photographers Edward Weston and Paul Caponigro and painters of the 19th-century Luminism movement.

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