Warren Avenue at 23rd Street, Detroit, Michigan
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© Joel Sternfeld
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

Joel Sternfeld
American, Detroit, Michigan, 1993
Chromogenic print
18 3/4 x 23 3/4 in.

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Malice Green's death in 1992 after a police beating at this Detroit street corner fueled ongoing public outrage in the United States over police brutality. In 1993 Joel Sternfeld began a photographic series documenting the locations of such nationally publicized crimes, sometimes years after they had occurred. Building on the power of memory in the experience of landscape, Sternfeld's series recalls the work of Civil War photographers who returned, well after the war, to the sites of important battles. Cleared of bodies and other visual evidence, both groups of photographs mix elements of landscape, memorial, and document.