Amy Stein

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Installation of Stein's Stranded series at Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art's Car Culture exhibition

Amy Stein (born August 31, 1970 in Washington, DC) is an American photographer known for her Domesticated, Stranded and Halloween in Harlem series. She was raised in Karachi, Pakistan and Washington, DC. Stein now lives in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles.

Stein's work is featured in held in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Portland Art Museum; the Nevada Museum of Art; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art; and George Eastman House Photography Collection.[citation needed] In 2007 American Photo magazine named Stein one of the Top 15 Emerging Photographers in the world.[citation needed]


For her Domesticated series, Stein uses personal stories and local newspaper accounts to create staged tableau photographs of human and animal interaction in Matamoras, Pennsylvania. A monograph of Domesticated was published by Photolucida in 2008. That same year Martin Parr awarded Domesticated the Best Book award at the 2008 New York Photo Festival.


  • Domesticated. Photolucida, 2008.
  • Horizons. Ivory Press, 2008.
  • Hijacked Vol. 1: Australia and America. Last Gasp, 2008.
  • To The Dogs. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome. Decode Books, 2012.

Selected exhibitions[edit]


  • Stranded, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, Australia (2010)
  • Domesticated, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Australia (2010)
  • Domesticated, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, MA (2010)
  • Domesticated, ClampArt, New York, NY (2009)
  • Domesticated, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon (2009)
  • Domesticated, Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark (2009)
  • Domesticated, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA (2008)
  • New American Fables, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2008)
  • New American Fables, Pool Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2008)
  • Domesticated, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2008)


  • No Place in Particular: Images of the American Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL (2011)
  • The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV (2011)
  • East of Eden: Doug Dubois, Amy Stein & Mark Steinmetz, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA (2011)
  • Right Here, Right Now: Exposures from the Public Realm, Format Photography Festival, Derby, UK (2011)
  • American Psyche, Religare Arts Initiative Gallery, New Delhi, India (2011)
  • Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (2011)
  • Museum of Unnatural History, ClampArt, New York, NY (2010)
  • Faraway Nearby: Addressing Suburbia, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS (2010)
  • Proof, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL (2010)
  • Contemporary Art from the Douglas Nielsen Collection, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ (2010)
  • Humanimal, Portsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, NH (2010)
  • Things Fall Apart, Pool Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2010)
  • 100 Portraits, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2010)
  • Auto. Sueño y Materia, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain (2009)
  • Road Trip, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA (2008)
  • Photography and Reality, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China (2008)
  • Beyond the Backyard, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL (2008)
  • Hijacked, Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney, Australia (2008)
  • Car Culture, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ (2008)
  • Two Person Show, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA (2007)
  • Road Trip, Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY (2007)
  • Descubrimientos PHE07, El Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain (2007)
  • Saatchi Your Gallery, The Guardian, London, England (2006)
  • Person in Place, International Center of Photography, New York, NY (2006)
  • American Images, BBC Gallery, London, England (2004)
  • Northwest Annual, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA (2004)

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