On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam

Joel Sternfeld’s ‘On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam’ documents places in which significant incidents happened.

Central Park, north of the Obelisk, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 1993

Central Park, north of the Obelisk, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 1993

The photo above shows the place in which Jennifer Levin’s body was on August 26, 1986.

Sternfeld says he “went to Central Park to find the place behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art where Jennifer Levin had been killed. It was bewildering to find a scene so beautiful…to see the same sunlight pour down indifferently on the earth.”

The brilliance of this series is the fact that initially, you don’t know which incident you are seeing. When you read about the reason behind each photo a new perspective comes into play.

The images are technically brilliant; well composed and eye-catching, the beauty disguises the meanings.

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