Sweet Earth is Joel Sternfeld's fourth American survey and is an important part of his reaserch into the landscape record of human socialization, interaction and imagination. It makes explicit many issues present in his previous work, especially the examination of Arcadian and distopic sites in America and elsewhere. Sweet Earth can be seen as a counterpoint to On This Site (Chronicle 1996). In both books, the putative meaning of the photographs is supplemented by texts that reveal much of what the photographs cannot. While both books earnestly document real sites, they simnultaneously pose deep questions about photgraphic representation.
Published by Steidl Verlag, 2006