PRINT September 2003


Over the past two and a half decades, Jeff Wall has sustained a photographic practice of remarkable prescience. For this issue, the photographer looks back—as well as forward. A new essay revisiting his own coming-of-age as an artist in the late ’70s and early ’80s sets the stage for a portfolio of recently completed images presented here for the first time.

In 1977, when I started making my large color pictures, it was still possible to talk about photography in, or as, art, in a way that wasn’t terribly different from the way it was talked about in 1970 or 1960. The classic idea of art photography was still predominant, and what I think of as the “new art photography” was just emerging. Cindy Sherman’s work was just becoming known, as was Sherrie Levine’s, and the students of Bernd and Hilla Becher had just begun to make their pictures but had yet to exhibit them. Walker Evans was alive

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