BETH YARNELLE EDWARDS (American, b. 1950)

Since 1997, Beth Yarnelle Edwards has been making photographs in idyllic suburban middle-class settings in America and Europe. She approaches scenes of everyday life with a mixture of documentary interest and cinematographic staging, combining real-life settings with philosophical truths. Considering herself a “stalker of the real,” Edwards has devised a set of rules to keep her photographs as truthful as possible. She usually photographs strangers.

Write Edwards,

Sometimes I’m so interested in what’s going on with people in their homes that I want to know what’s in the closet or under the bed. In my photographs I aspire to tell the viewer not just about what can be seen, but also about things that are hidden and locked away…I seek out intersections of the mythic and mundane. As I attempt to reveal some basic truth about my subjects, I’m attracted to the peculiar or surprising. When I succeed, I’ve created an image that is both specific and universal.


Suburban Dreams, 2011

 Selected Collections:

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse, France

Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium

Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark

Bibliothèque National de France