Jed Fielding

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Jed Fielding
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Born1953 (age 67–68)
Boston, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Education
  • BFA
  • MFA
Alma mater
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
OccupationPhotographer
Websitejedfielding.com

Jed Fielding (born 1953, in Boston, Massachusetts) is a noted photographer, based in Chicago. Often referred to as a street photographer, he has photographed for decades in such countries as Italy, Peru, Spain, Greece, Egypt, and Mexico. His work has been particularly focused upon the Italian cities of Rome and Naples, as well as Mexico City.

His 1997 monograph, City of Secrets: Photographs of Naples, was published by the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago) and Takarajima Books (New York and Tokyo). His 2009 monograph, Look at me: Photographs from Mexico City, was published by the University of Chicago Press.

Fielding attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with photographers Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan; he received his BFA in 1975. He received his MFA in 1980 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with photographer Kenneth Josephson.

Of Fielding's City of Secrets, critic Vince Aletti wrote: "(Naples') citizens, from wiseass kids in diapers to weathered old men, loom into the frame like characters out of Fellini, bursting with antic, earthy energy. Fielding confronts and embraces his subjects, building up a portrait of a place that's as visceral as it is cinematic--a true theatre of the streets." [1]

At the time of a 2009 New York City exhibition of Fielding's photographs from Look at me, a New Yorker review said: "Fielding's photographs of the blind children he met at schools in Mexico City are not in the tradition of photojournalistic muckraking. Like his terrific earlier series from the streets of Naples, these images are vivacious, audacious, and in your face. His subjects are not pitiable victims; they're rambunctious, apparently happy kids at play, responding to Fielding's attention with curiosity and delight. They may be cut off from the visual world, but they relish physical contact, both with one another and with the patient photographer. The best of the work was made at close range, where that connection was most tangible, and young faces fill the frames with fragile, vivid life."[2]

Fielding's work is represented in numerous collections, including those of The Museum of Modern Art (New York); the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), in San Diego; The International Center of Photography (New York)[3]; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago) [4]; and The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).

His work has been widely exhibited, both nationally and internationally.

References

  1. "The Photography Books of the Holiday Season" by Vince Aletti, The Village Voice, December 23, 1997, p. 74
  2. The New Yorker, September 14, 2009, p. 28
  3. Fielding images, at International Center of Photography website [1]
  4. Fielding images, at Museum of Contemporary Photography website [2]

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