The Age of Adolescence

October 3 - November 3, 2002

“JOSEPH STERLING’s photographs were intended to evoke, both artistically and symbolically, the world of the adolescent, rather than seeking any ideal of sociological completeness or aiming to reveal the causes of particular social problems. Robert Frank’s work served as inspiration; Bruce Davidson’s as confirmation. In fact, Sterling’s specific the culture of American teenagers, and the duration of his effort, distinguish his pictures from those of either of these artists. Sterling made photographs that are distinctly, eloquently, his own.”

Excerpt taken from Keith F. Davis’ essay in the catalogue Joseph Sterling’s Age of Innocence, photographs from 1959-1964.