Judith Joy Ross - Photographies 1978-2015 New

Judith Joy Ross - Photographies 1978-2015

This first monograph in French dedicated to Judith Joy Ross follows her vast retrospective at the BAL in Paris, presenting a survey of her work from 1978 to 2015. Judith Joy Ross, a leading figure in portrait photography, has developed a unique and radical approach that places her among the masters of the genre. Direct and amazingly accurate, her images show, in an empathetic way, the daily life of people who are often ignored or poorly considered. Throughout her various series, a panorama of the American middle class is unveiled, from youth to the adult world.

The use of a camera, with its tripod and mahogany box, creates a special relationship between Ross and her subject. With the person looking not at the photographer but at the lens, the exchange, which takes place during the time of the shooting, makes tangible what is hidden behind the appearances. The printing process, with the use of direct positive paper which, after a gold finish, gives a luminous shade in a range of cold grays and brown-violet tones, also contributes to the visual power of these photographs and restores the intensity of the moment. 


This book offers a fresh look at her work, presenting both her most iconic images and others from her personal and unpublished archives. It is supported by essays from the art historian Svetlana Alpers and the exhibition curator Joshua Chuang.


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Judith Joy Ross


Texts in french

Joshua Chuang, curator of the exhibition.

Svetlana Alpers, art historian.

Addison Bross, friend of the photographer.



Hardcover, 28 x 24 cm

About 200 photographs B&W and coulour

312 pages

Copublished with the Fundación MAPFRE and LE BAL



Judith Joy Ross - Photographies 1978-2015

LE BAL, Paris 

March 16 - September 18, 2022


The Hague Museum of Photography, Netherlands

November 2022 - March 2023



ISBN : 978-2-36511-325-0

45,00 €

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