This lecture by Zoe Strauss took place on October 23, 2012 in the Timken Lecture Hall of the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
The lecture was sponsored by Pier 24 Photography as part of the Fall 2012 Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program.
Self-taught photographer, Zoe Strauss was born in 1970 in Philadelphia. She aspires “to create an epic narrative that reflects the beauty and struggle of everyday life,” which she historically examines within the context of her hometown. On her 30th birthday, she was given a camera and started taking pictures of life in Philadelphia’s marginal neighborhoods. She has since been described as the “chronicler of Philadelphia's mean streets” and the city’s own Diane Arbus.
Between 2001 and 2011, she exhibited her photographs in a yearly exhibition titled Under I-95, which featured her prints affixed to columns under an elevated section of Highway I-95.
Strauss received a Seedling Award in photography from the Leeway Foundation in 2002, a Pew Fellowship in 2005, and in 2006, her work was included in the Whitney Biennial. In 2007, Strauss was named a 2007 USA Gund Fellow. This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized Strauss’s mid-career retrospective, titled 10 Years.