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Exhausted Renegade Elephant, Woodland, Washington, from the series "American Prospects"

A work made of chromogenic print.

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  • A work made of chromogenic print.


June 1979, printed June 1987


Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

About this artwork

Between 1979 and 1983 Joel Sternfeld traveled across the United States, making photographs with a large-format camera mounted on a tripod for a series called American Prospects. His wandering, on-the-road approach to picturing the American landscape coupled a sense of searching with being in the right place at the right time. Here Sternfeld transformed an elephant’s escape from a zoo into an image that reads like a movie still with an elevated vantage point and a wide frame that shows the bystanders and sheriff’s car.


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Joel Sternfeld


Exhausted Renegade Elephant, Woodland, Washington, from the series "American Prospects"


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Made 1979


Chromogenic print


Image: 40.5 × 50.9 cm (16 × 20 1/16 in.); Paper: 50.7 × 60.9 cm (20 × 24 in.)

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Gift of Ralph and Nancy Segall

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