UNTITLED 27, Kansas City, MO 1976.
Rifkin takes us on a tour of a day-to-day America that changes almost in real-time, one that we have rarely seen. From the 1970s to the present day, Rifkin shows us an America of astounding purity. His inhabitants are photographed as so many actors in a silent musical, filmed in black and white. Rifkin tells us the story of his own America, a peaceful America. Yet this appearance of supreme gentleness owes as much to the quality of his prints as to their subjects. It is impossible to imagine Rifkin's photos printed by anyone other than himself. They have the softness and mystery of sketches, so much so that one wonders whether they are prints or drawings. So, it is hardly surprising to learn that Rifkin is also the official printer for several major photographers. Steven J Rifkin's photographs have been exhibited at museums and galleries, as well as being part of permanent collections.
Date: Edition of 5, in 2019
Medium: Black and white silver gelatin print
Size: 10 x 8 in.
Frame: Yes, whitewashed ash by Kurian Framers, 12 x 12 in.
Prov: Les Douches la Galerie Paris, France; to Gallery at Four Tiverton, RI
Donated By Steven J Rifkin