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Joseph Sterling

Untitled (Couple at a jewelry store), 1961

Gelatin silver
7 × 9 1/8 in
17.8 × 23.2 cm
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Condition Report: There do not appear to be any major visible condition issues; not examined out of …

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Condition Report: There do not appear to be any major visible condition issues; not examined out of the frame; framed under glass. Framed Dimensions: 13.75 X 15.75 Inches

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Joseph Sterling
American, 1936–2010
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With a rigorous and encompassing approach to his medium, Joseph Sterling produced a body of photographs including street reportage, coolly modern compositions, and surrealist experimentations. Inspired by Robert Frank’s “The Americans” (1959), Henri Cartier-Bresson’s notion of the “decisive moment,” and his teachers at the Chicago Institute of Design, Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, Sterling shot from the heart, with a keenly honed sense of design and composition. He completed his first and best-known body of work, “The Age of Adolescence” (1959-64) while still a student. At once tender and dark, it chronicles American youth culture in the flush postwar period in penetrating, artful images. Sterling moved with ease between photographic extremes: he took formal, studied photographs for commercial, industrial, and corporate clients, while pushing photography to the edge of legibility through his explorations of distortion, angle, and view.

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Condition Report: There do not appear to be any major visible condition issues; not examined out of …

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Condition Report: There do not appear to be any major visible condition issues; not examined out of the frame; framed under glass. Framed Dimensions: 13.75 X 15.75 Inches

Signature
Signed and dated on the frame's backing paper.
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Joseph Sterling
American, 1936–2010
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With a rigorous and encompassing approach to his medium, Joseph Sterling produced a body of photographs including street reportage, coolly modern compositions, and surrealist experimentations. Inspired by Robert Frank’s “The Americans” (1959), Henri Cartier-Bresson’s notion of the “decisive moment,” and his teachers at the Chicago Institute of Design, Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, Sterling shot from the heart, with a keenly honed sense of design and composition. He completed his first and best-known body of work, “The Age of Adolescence” (1959-64) while still a student. At once tender and dark, it chronicles American youth culture in the flush postwar period in penetrating, artful images. Sterling moved with ease between photographic extremes: he took formal, studied photographs for commercial, industrial, and corporate clients, while pushing photography to the edge of legibility through his explorations of distortion, angle, and view.

Joseph Sterling

Untitled (Couple at a jewelry store), 1961

Gelatin silver
7 × 9 1/8 in
17.8 × 23.2 cm
Bidding closed
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