New Orleans, LA, (#1), August, 1974 Nags Head, NC, (#39), June-Aug. 1976 Nags Head, NC, (#29), June-Aug, 1976 Location Unknown, (#1), date unknown Washington, D.C., August, 1974


Joel Sternfeld’s First Pictures

Three decades after they were made, Joel Sternfeld’s earliest photographs have now been published as “First Pictures,” a selection of which are débuting today at Luhring Augustine Gallery. Taken between 1971 and 1980, the photographs document the travels of a young artist from busy streets to barefoot beaches, with inklings of Sternfeld’s now celebrated dark sense of humor, formalist experiments in color theory, and narrative tableaus. Click through for more selection of Sternfeld’s “First Pictures”:

Joel Sternfeld took a picture of me once, years ago.

His first words: “I’m not gay, but can I take your picture?”

He promised me a print and never delivered. 

Dude owes me big time. 

(via npr)