Justine Kurland, ‘Puppy Love’, 1999, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2016

Justine Kurland is well known for her romantic photographs of the American landscape and those fringe individuals that inhabit it. Her photographs exhibit a wandering quality that recalls her experiences traveling in the United States.

Kurland’s Puppy Love (1999) presents a group of women encamped in an overgrown forest. The photograph exemplifies her ability to find a candid moment within the carefully composed images she captures.

Her work can be found in the collections of numerous institutions, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the International Center for Photography.

Justine Kurland is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.


Image rights: Courtesy of Barbara Toll

Private Collection, NY

About Justine Kurland

In the spirit of the 19th-century landscape photographers, who produced idealized, utopian images of the American wilderness, Justine Kurland crisscrosses the country with her 4 x 5 camera and her young son, meeting and photographing fellow travelers in grand natural settings. These travelers include runaway girls, train-hopping hobos, hippies in communes, and mothers with their children. In her lush, mid-scale prints, stilled in all their raw, complex, and, often, naked or half-naked beauty, her subjects appear to be the very image of self-reliance and freedom so mythologized in American folk songs and literature. Kurland foregrounds the fact that she is not a documentarian, claiming, “[W]hat defines my photographs is this portal to a certain kind of fantasy of America, of what our national identity is, a seminal identity.”

American , b. 1969, Warsaw, Poland, based in New York, New York

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