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Justine Kurland

The Family, 2002

C-print
16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
Edition of 100
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Philadelphia
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Courtesy the artist and Gorney, Bravin & Lee, New York.
Justine Kurland
American, b. 1969
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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.”

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About the work
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Courtesy the artist and Gorney, Bravin & Lee, New York.
Justine Kurland
American, b. 1969
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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.”

Justine Kurland

The Family, 2002

C-print
16 × 20 in
40.6 × 50.8 cm
Edition of 100
This is part of a limited edition set.
Contact For Price
Location
Philadelphia
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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