Lot 109: Beth Yarnelle Edwards

John (The Morning Dash)
C print on Fuji crystal archive paper
7 x 9 inches
Series: Suburban Dreams
Signed verso ink
Courtesy of Stephanie Pincus
Fair Market Value

Since 1997 San Francisco-based photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards has been photographing people in their homes. Beginning in the Silicon Valley suburbs, she has also worked by invitation in five European countries. Her photographs have been exhibited and published extensively in the U.S. and Europe, and she has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at Chateau d’Eau inToulouse, France; the Museé de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium; The Oakland Museum of California; and the Reykjavik Museum of Photography in Iceland. The winner of CENTER’s 1999 Photography Project Competition, Edwards’ work can be found in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and many other European and American institutions. Edward’s first monograph, Suburban Dreams, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011. She is represented by Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, and Galerie f5,6 in Munich, Germany. Edwards received her MFA from San Jose State University in 1998.

In 1997 I began photographing in the suburbs of Silicon Valley, where I had lived for many years. These suburbs are a physical embodiment of the American Dream as it has often been represented. My intention is not to critique, but to observe. Since I consider myself to be a stalker of the real, I have devised rules to keep my photographs as truthful as possible. Though the events pictured here are staged, they are based on information obtained from interviews with my subjects and always with their knowledge and consent. I don’t pose people but rather set up improvisations and then wait for an authentic expression, posture, or interaction to appear. I seek out intersections of the mythic and mundane. As I attempt to reveal some basic truth about my subjects, I’m attracted to the peculiar or surprising. When I succeed, I’ve created an image that is both specific and universal.

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