Justine Kurland

Justine Kurland (American, b.1969) is a Contemporary Fine Art photographer who is known for her large c-print tableau pictures of childhood secret places and wastelands. She was born in Warsaw, NY, and graduated from The School of Visual Arts in New York with a BFA in 1996. She received her MFA in 1998 from Yale University in Connecticut. She is heavily influenced by her Yale instructors Gregory Crewdson and Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and is known for her elaborate staging of photographs. Kurland has become famous for her landscapes dealing with young children, men, and women, often mixing the purity of youth with its unbridled wildness. These works of feral and unsupervised children running amuck in a suburban wasteland formed the basis of her book Spirit West in 2000. She has traveled across the United States to create these staged photos, including to Virginia and California, but spent many months traveling through New Zealand as well. Her photos of utopian-esque communities in Virginia and California earned her solo shows in London and Vienna. Kurland is very in touch with nature and the primal impulses of humanity. In 2004, the book Old Joy explored men in the wilderness often unclothed as they experienced the true mystery of nature. There are few subjects Kurland is not willing to broach with her photography. She examined medieval and biblical images in her 2004 show Songs of Experience. The photographer has reached the mainstream world as well; she was profiled in The New York Times, Vogue, and Elle. Her photos grace the cover and liner notes of the group M83's album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. Some of her more famous pieces include After Darius Kinsey , Snake, and Hemp Bracelets for Spanging. Kurland’s work has been seen in Monte Clark Gallery in Canada, CEPA Gallery in New York, and Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Oregon. She is one of the leading photographers of primal imagery and nature, and she influences many artists. Kurland currently lives and works in New York.

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