Zoe Strauss

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Zoe Strauss
Born April 1, 1970
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Nationality American
Known for Photography
Website www.zoestrauss.com

Zoe Strauss (born 1970) is an American photographer.[1] She uses Philadelphia as a primary setting and subject for her work. Strauss is a nominee member of Magnum Photos.[2]


Strauss was born in 1970 in Philadelphia.[3] 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.[4] 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 with a humanist perspective and eye for composure.[5]

In 1995, Strauss 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.[6] Strauss calls the Project an "epic narrative" of her own neighborhood.[6] "When I started shooting, it was as if somewhere hidden in my head I had been waiting for this," she has said.[6]

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.[3] 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.[3] She also had a solo exhibition of her photographs, entitled Ramp Project: Zoe Strauss, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.[7] In 2007 Strauss was named a 2007 USA Gund Fellow and granted $50,000 by United States Artists.[citation needed]

She frequently photographs near her grandparents' former home at 16th and Susquehanna.[8] 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."[9]

Her book America was published in 2008 by AMMO Books.[10]

In July 2012 Strauss was elected into the Magnum Photos agency as a nominee.[2]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]



Strauss' work is held in the following permanent public collection:

Grants and awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Zoe Strauss: 10 Years", International Center of Photography, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Eichel, Molly. "Zoe Strauss accepted into Magnum Photos", philly.com, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Zoe Strauss", 2013 Carnegie International, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Magnum Photos Photographer Profile: Zoe Strauss", Magnum Photos, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  5. ^ Smith, Roberta (2012-07-12), "Art In Review Zoe Strauss: ‘10 Years, a Slideshow’". The New York Times
  6. ^ a b c "Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Zoe Strauss", California Institute of the Arts, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Ramp Project: Zoe Strauss", Institute of Contemporary Art, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  8. ^ Heller, Karen (2006-02-15), Page A01, “Suddenly, Her Images Clicked”. Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090319170331/http://www.ammobooks.com/new/books/america/. Archived from the original on March 19, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Hudson, Suzanne. "Zoe Strauss", Artforum, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Zoe Strauss: Works in Progress at Peeler Art Center", Depauw Art Center, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  13. ^ [1], The Fader, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Zoe Strauss: Works for Columbus, OH", Wexner Center for the Arts, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Exhibitions - Zoe Strauss: 10 Years", Philadelphia Museum of Art, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  16. ^ "Zoe Strauss - Exhibitions - Bruce Silverstein", Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Arcadia University Art Gallery: Works on Paper 2004". Gargoyle.arcadia.edu. 2004-03-28. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  18. ^ "Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night", Whitney Museum of American Art, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  19. ^ Follow Us. "Museums/Exhibits :: Philadelphia City Paper. 25 Years of Independent Journalism". Citypaper.net. Retrieved 2016-03-03. 
  20. ^ "This is America. Visies op de Amerikaanse droom". Centraal Museum. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  21. ^ "History Keeps Me Awake at Night A Genealogy of David Wojnarowicz - David Wojanrowicz | Press | PPOW Gallery". www.ppowgallery.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  22. ^ "L'ete Photographique de Lectoure 2008". lacritique. September 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  23. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20110719133013/http://wonderlandonline.dk/media/was.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 19, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ "On the Scene: Jason Lazarus, Wolfgang Plöger, Zoe Strauss", Art Institute of Chicago, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  25. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20101019110833/http://www.list.co.uk/event/20099312-molly-landreth-and-zoe-strauss-queer-brighton/. Archived from the original on October 19, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ "Artists: Zoe Strauss", 2013 Carnegie International, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  27. ^ "Collections: Zoe Strauss", Philadelphia Museum of Art, Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  28. ^ "Zoe Strauss SA '02", Leeway Foundation, Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  29. ^ "Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Zoe Strauss", CalArts, Retrieved 6 October 2014.

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