Sandi Haber Fifield (American, b. 1956)

Sandi Haber Fifield was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1956. She received her MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981 and soon thereafter received a New York State Creative Artists Program Grant. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including The Art Institute of Chicago; The DeCordova Museum; The Museum of Modern Art; The National Museum of American Art; The Oakland Museum; The Southeast Museum of Photography and The St. Louis Museum.

Since the 1980s, Haber Fifield’s work has explored the visual, psychological and formal possibilities in creating composite pictures, whether it is the layering of images in the analog process of multiple exposure in-camera or by challenging logic and blowing apart the traditional expectation of ordered images on a wall. In her monograph After the Threshold (Kehrer, 2013), Haber Fifield portrays a world of fractured ties between images made whole through the lyrical free-associative visual reasoning of a seasoned artist well schooled in the effects of collage. The photographs convey a preset pictorial structure of either three or four images printed on a single sheet of paper. In the book, noted photography writer Vicki Goldberg says, “Sandi Haber Fifield’s photographs float on the colors of memory, mood, feeling, and suggestion. They combine the indistinctness of memory with the imperfections of photography to produce elusive, incomplete reconstructions of times, events, and sentiments at the far reaches of perception.”

Additionally, in 2009 Charta published Haber Fifield’s monograph of grids and multiple image installations, Walking through the World and in 2011 her book of photographs made on small farms, Between Planting and Picking was published (Charta). Haber Fifield’s work has also appeared in Fabrications by Anne Hoy; Picturing California by Therese Heyman; and Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th Century and The Photography of Invention by Merry Foresta.

Selected Collections:

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA

The High Museum, Atlanta, GA

International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Library of Congress, Washington, DC

The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA