Photographs by Beth Yarnelle Edwards. Essays by Robert Evren and Christoph Tannert.
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2011. 96 pp., 56 color illustrations, 11¾x9½".
Since 1997 photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards has been making photographs in idyllic suburban middle-class settings in America and Europe. The first photos in this series were created in California’s Silicon Valley, where the artist lived, and subsequent pictures were made in Germany, France, Spain, Iceland and the Netherlands.
Edwards approaches scenes of everyday life with a mixture of documentary interest and cinematographic staging. She combines real-life settings with philosophical truths, thus conveying images of loneliness, of constant media exposure, of minor escapes and major yearnings. Without making any value judgments, the pictures give us a revealing glimpse of interpersonal relationships, domestic rituals, customs and leisure pastimes.
Read George Slade’s review of Suburban Dreams in photo-eye Magazine.
Suburban Dreams was selected for PDN's Photo Annual 2012 (Photography Books).