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Untitled

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1958

Artist:

Joseph Sterling
American, 1936–2010

About this artwork

Joseph Sterling began photographing at age 11 and went on to study at Chicago’s famed Institute of Design (ID) under the tutelage of Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer. Sterling spent five years in the later 1950s photographing disaffected youth; he interacted openly and directly with the teenagers, a choice that resulted, he said, in “either near-total failure or great success.” In 1961 work from his master’s thesis, “The Age of Adolescence,” was featured in a special ID-themed issue of Aperture and exhibited at the Art Institute; this print was purchased by the museum the same year. Rather than a sociological study, Sterling focused on gesture and pose in his photographs, hinting at the generational tensions that would explode later in the 1960s.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Joseph Sterling

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1958

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

15.3 × 11.5 cm (image/paper); 32.9 × 28 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Photography Gallery Fund

Reference Number

1961.376

Extended information about this artwork

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