FILM TALKS #35 Interview with Rob Stephenson
Joel Sternfeld September 14-15 Master Workshop Expanding Photography’s Expanded Field
Joel Sternfeld September 13 Artist Talk at the Polygon Gallery Old Autumn, It Was I
The fall of 2018 jumpstarted with the announcement of SOLO V EXHIBITION AWARD Winner Rob Stephenson and Runners-Up Ariana Gomez & Clay Jordan! See the announcement here.
American color photography pioneer Joel Sternfeld, our distinguished juror for this 5th award edition, spent two weeks delving into the details of all applications received last summer from 11 different countries. As the groundbreaking photographer that he is and a longtime faculty at St. Lawrence College, Joel undoubtedly stands as one of the most experienced and meticulous reviewers of photography one can hope or risk having lay eyes upon their very best work.
Harnessing new promising, high caliber photographic visions to the established ones constituting the rich legacy, to this day still overwhelmingly film-based, of the medium must indeed not be an easy task. And so we wish here to sincerely thank Joel again for all his time, as well as for lending his tremendous expertise and discerning curatorial instinct to this opportunity and our photographers.
It is thus with immense pleasure that we proudly present below our deserving SOLO V laureates! Kudos on the remarkable achievement of getting your work noticed and endorsed by such an extraordinarily seminal figure of photography as Joel Sternfeld!
WINNER & EXHIBITOR: ROB STEPHENSON
For the large format documentary series ‘From Roof To Table’ capturing New York’s revived urban agricultural landscape and the many economic, social and environmental concerns that keep on fuelling the Big Apple’s green mind.
“FROM ROOF TO TABLE”
Solo V Exhibition, August 10 – September 15, 2019
BOWEN ISLAND, VANCOUVER BC, CANADA
JURORS FOREWORD: Below are a few words of feedback on Rob’s work from Joel Sternfeld in reflection of his SOLO V Winner jurying pick:
” The highest state of Art is artlessness.
This may be particularly so for Photography: a medium that finds its power in it’s ability to describe what lies beyond the lens in a way that invites a viewer to suspend disbelief, enter the picture’s space, and linger a while.
The work of Rob Stephenson, marked by clear-eyed, contemplative pictures is a model of naturalness, of artlessness.”
— Joel Sternfeld
Last October we were in conversation with Rob discussing the ‘From Roof To Table’ body of work paired with large format film practice, as well as critical contemporary issues in the evolving field of documentary photography. Enjoy a full interview publication at the link below!