“Jennifer Levin and Robert Chambers were seen leaving Dorrian’s Red Hand, an Upper East Side bar, at 4:30 A.M. on August 26, 1986. Her body was found beneath this crab apple tree in Central Park at 6:15 A.M. that same morning. An autopsy revealed that she had been strangled. She was eighteen years old when she died. Chambers, who was nineteen at the same time of the crime, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.”
Joel Sternfeld’s photos, among the first in fine art colour photography, tell stories. On first glance On This Site seems to showcase quite normal and unclear locations. As soon as you read the text under the first photo, a dark filter of history covers the whole series. It makes you feel that something has happened in those pictures, that the locations live and have been lived in.