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Tobin Bridge, Mystic River, Boston, Massachusetts, 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.


September 1993


Joel Sternfeld
American, born 1944

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Joel Sternfeld


Tobin Bridge, Mystic River, Boston, Massachusetts, from the series "On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam"


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1993


Chromogenic print


1 of 7


inscribed and signed recto, on mount, lower right, below image, in black ink: "Tobin Bridge, Mystic River, Boston, Massachusetts. (September 1993) / 1/7 Joel Sternfeld"; unmarked verso Carol Stuart, seven months pregnant, was returning home from a birthing class with her husband, Charles, on the night of October 23, 1989. At 8:35 P.M., Charles Stuart called the police from his car phone to report that a black man had forced the white couple at gunpoint to drive to the predominantly black neighborhood of Mission Hill. In his desperate call for help, Stuart claimed that the man robbed them, shot and killed his wife, and shot him in the abdomen. During an intensive three-month investigation, police detained and interrogated numerous black men from the Mission Hill area. A suspect was about to be arrested when Matthew Stuart, Charles’s brother and accessory to the crime, confessed that the entire story had been made up to collect insurance money and that Charles had shot his wife and wounded himself to conceal his crime. After learning of his brother’s confession, Charles Stuart lept to his death from this bridge. From the series, On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam


Image/paper: 59.9 × 47.6 cm (23 5/8 × 18 3/4 in.)

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

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