Zoe Strauss

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Zoe Strauss
Born 1970
Philadelphia, USA
Nationality American
Known for Photography

Zoe Strauss (born 1970) is an American photographer.[1]


Zoe Strauss was born in 1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2] Her father died when she was 5. She was the first member of her immediate family to graduate from high school. For her 30th birthday she was given a camera and started photographing in the city’s marginal neighborhoods.[3] She is a photo-based installation artist who uses Philadelphia as a primary setting and subject for her work. Strauss typically photographs overlooked (or purposefully avoided) details[citation needed] with a humanist perspective and eye for composure.[4]

In 1995, she started the Philadelphia Public Art Project, a one-woman organization whose mission is to give the citizens of Philadelphia access to art in their everyday lives.[5] Strauss calls the Project an “epic narrative” of her own neighborhood.[5] “When I started shooting, it was as if somewhere hidden in my head I had been waiting for this,” she has said.[5]

Between 2000 and 2011, Strauss’s photographic work culminated in a yearly “Under I-95” show which took place beneath the Interstate in South Philadelphia.[2] She displayed her photographs on concrete pillars under the highway and sold them for $5 each.[1]

Strauss received a Seedling Award from the Leeway Foundation in 2002, a Pew Fellowship in 2005, and in 2006 her work was included in the Whitney Biennial.[2] She also mounted a solo exhibition[6] at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. In 2007 Strauss was named a 2007 USA Gund Fellow and granted $50,000 by United States Artists.[citation needed]

Strauss frequently photographs near her grandparents' former home at 16th and Susquehanna.[7] Her photographs include shuttered buildings, empty parking lots and vacant meeting halls in South Philadelphia. Strauss says her work is “a narrative about the beauty and difficulty of everyday life."[8]

Her book America was published in 2008 by AMMO Books.[9]

In July 2012 Strauss was elected into the Magnum Photos agency.[10]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]


Public Collections[edit]

Grants and awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Zoe Strauss: 10 Years", International Center of Photography, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Zoe Strauss", 2013 Carnegie International, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Magnum Photos Photographer Profile: Zoe Strauss", Magnum Photos, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ Smith, Roberta (2012-07-12), "Art In Review Zoe Strauss: ‘10 Years, a Slideshow’". The New York Times
  5. ^ a b c "Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Zoe Strauss", California Institute of the Arts, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Ramp Project: Zoe Strauss"
  7. ^ Heller, Karen (2006-02-15), Page A01, “Suddenly, Her Images Clicked”. Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)
  8. ^ Sozanski, Edward J (2004-04-30), Page W25, "Taking Images of the streets back to their birthplace. Catch it While you can: Photos Alfresco Returns". The Philadelphia Inquirer
  9. ^ http://www.ammobooks.com/new/books/america/
  10. ^ Eichel, Molly. "Zoe Strauss accepted into Magnum Photos", philly.com, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  11. ^ http://www.icaphila.org/exhibitions/past/strauss.php
  12. ^ http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_KiKDykb0sFg/Rt7zFieUONI/AAAAAAAAAi4/kiMrGjIPt1M/s1600-h/art+forum+full+review+web.jpg
  13. ^ http://www.depauw.edu/news/index.asp?id=21081
  14. ^ http://www.thefader.com/2008/11/21/fader-tv-photographer-zoe-strauss-knows-a-bunch-of-weirdos/
  15. ^ http://www.phrequency.com/blog/Zoe_Strauss_last_dance_under_I-95.html
  16. ^ http://www.wexarts.org/ex/index.php?eventid=4793
  17. ^ http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/745.html
  18. ^ http://www.brucesilverstein.com/artist/276/
  19. ^ http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/gallery/archives/worksonpaper2004.htm
  20. ^ http://whitney.org/www/2006biennial/artists.php?artist=Strauss_Zoe
  21. ^ http://citypaper.net/articles/2006-07-13/arts_agenda_museums.shtml?print=1
  22. ^ http://wonderlandonline.dk/media/was.pdf
  23. ^ http://chicago.timeout.com/events/events/312365/4233660/artist-talk
  24. ^ http://www.list.co.uk/event/20099312-molly-landreth-and-zoe-strauss-queer-brighton/
  25. ^ "Artists: Zoe Strauss", 2013 Carnegie International, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  26. ^ "Collections: Zoe Strauss", Philadelphia Museum of Art, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  27. ^ http://www.leeway.org/grantees.php?s1=year&s2=2002&ID=107

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