Presenting half century of Lucinda Devlin’s chronicles of postwar American culture, this book offers the first opportunity to view all of Greensboro-based Devlin’s (born 1947) photographic series in a single volume. The nine thematic series reveal a consistent approach from the 1970s to the present, from her early work as an exponent of New Color photography to her focus on various interiors and her exterior environments and landscapes of the 2000s.
Following the example of Walker Evans, Devlin observes American culture with a critical eye, from the early series Pleasure Ground, offering glimpses into spaces of entertainment (discos, strip bars, fantasy hotels), to later images of operating theaters, autopsy rooms and execution chambers in The Omega Suites. In more recent works, Devlin examines the management of landscapes in Indiana, the Midwest, the Carolinas and Arizona, the changes in Utah’s salt flats and Great Salt Lake, and the vast expanses of Lake Huron, to which she dedicated Lake Pictures between 2010 and 2019.
Lucinda Devlin, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1947, grew up surrounded by the Great Lakes and rural landscapes. Devlin has received numerous awards (including those from the NEA and DAAD) and her work is held in several museums, such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum and the DZ Bank Collection. Devlin has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe including at the Venice Biennale. Steidl has published her The Omega Suites (2000), Water Rites (2003) and Lake Pictures (2020).
Lucinda Devlin : Frames of Reference
Text by Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Lucinda Devlin, Claudia Schubert
Interview by Lisa Le Feuvre
Co-published with Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne
Edited by Susanne Breidenbach
Book Design: Matthias Langner / Steidl Design
256 pages, 180 images
11.5 x 11.5 in. / 25 x 28 cm
Hardback / Clothbound
US$ 70.00 / € 65.00