Untitled

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

c. 1959

Artist:

Joseph Sterling
American, 1936–2010

About this artwork

Joseph Sterling documented the lives of Chicago’s working-class teenagers between 1959 and 1964, while a student at the Institute of Design under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Not far out of adolescence himself, Sterling would roam the parks, beaches, and streets alongside his subjects, gaining intimate access that resulted in images, like this one, of proximity undercut by rebellious distance. In 1962 Sterling submitted his account of American youth culture as his thesis, The Adolescent Comedy. Before the project was finished, Hugh Edwards included it in a 1961 group exhibition, Four Young Photographers from Chicago. The same year, this image was published on the cover of Aperture magazine and entered the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Photography

Artist

Joseph Sterling

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

1954–1964

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

19.1 x 17.8 cm (image/paper); 32.9 x 28 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Reference Number

1961.415

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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