Born in Texas in 1936, Joseph Sterling was an avid photographer as a teenager. After seeing an image by Harry Callahan, he made his way to Chicago to study with him at the now famed Institute of Design (ID). There he developed his vision and completed a master’s degree, culminating in his thesis project in which he embedded himself with a group of mid-century American teenagers at the peak of rock ‘n’ roll. Aptly titled The Adolescent Comedy, the project consists of hundreds of some of the angst-iest, heart warming, and timeless images on the subject. A tall and somewhat...
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