American Prospects

American ProspectsJoel Sternfeld

American Prospects is a nifty collection of photos from the 70s and 80s by a master photographer. Sternfeld focuses on contrasts of human objects placed existing in nature – a huge rock obstructing the view of a business office, towns dotting empty prairies, a rotting refinery in the desert. Some images are peaceful – nature retaking human creations, other amusing – a woman sunbathing on the beach with a line of battleships behind her, and still others are shocking – a firefighter choosing a pumpkin from a farm stand as the house behind him burns. Beautiful and eerie.