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Highway 101, Petaluma, California, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam"

A work made of chromogenic print.

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  • A work made of chromogenic print.


October 1993


Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

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Joel Sternfeld


Highway 101, Petaluma, California, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam"


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Made 1993


Chromogenic print


1 of 7


inscribed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in black ink: "Highway 101, Petaluma, California. (October 1993) / 1/7 Joel Sternfeld" Polly Klaas was abducted from her home in Petaluma during a slumber party on October 1, 1993. Within hours, a massive volunteer effort was organized to find the twelve-year-old girl. Millions of flyers bearing Polly’s photograph and a police composite sketch of her abductor were distributed nationally. Large banners were affixed to billboards across Northern California. Two months later, Richard Allen Davis, an ex-convict with a history of drug and alcohol abuse, led police to a wooded area fifty miles north of Petaluma where he had buried Polly Klaas’s body. From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam


Image/paper: 48.5 × 60.5 cm (19 1/8 × 23 7/8 in.); Mount: 71.2 × 82.7 cm (28 1/16 × 32 9/16 in.)

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Acquired from the Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, through an Anonymous Gift

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