Lucinda Devlin: Frames of Reference



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Frames of Reference offers the first opportunity to view all of Lucinda Devlin’s photographic series in a single volume. The nine thematic series reveal a remarkably consistent approach from the 1970s to the present; from her early work as an exponent of New Color photography to her focus on a wide variety of interiors, before expanding her scope in the 2000s to include exterior environments and landscapes. No people appear in these images, yet their influence is everywhere.

Following the example of Walker Evans, Devlin is guided by specific phenomena of American culture and its developments, which she observes with a critical eye—from the early series “Pleasure Ground,” offering glimpses into spaces of entertainment and diversion (discos, strip bars, fantasy hotels), to later images of treatment rooms, operating theaters, autopsy rooms, and execution chambers in American prisons in “The Omega Suites.” In more recent works that are more subtle yet no less nuanced, Devlin examines the cultivation and management of landscapes in Indiana, the Midwest, the Carolinas and Arizona, as well as the changes in Utah’s salt flats and Great Salt Lake. An enduring source of contemplation is the vast expanses of Lake Huron, to which she dedicated “Lake Pictures” between 2010 and 2019.

“Devlin’s approach to photography involves a sharp eye for perspective and lines that lead the eye where she wants it to go, bringing her viewer’s attention to humorous or baffling subtleties.” – Rebecca Rafferty

Co-published with Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne

Additional information

Weight 1870 g
Dimensions 26 x 29 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 30 October 2023
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Susanne Breidenbach, Text by Gabriele Conrath-Scholl and Lucinda Devlin
Dimensions 26 x 29 cm
Weight 1870 g


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Lucinda Devlin, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1947, grew up surrounded by the Great Lakes and rural landscapes. Devlin has received numerous awards (including those from the NEA and DAAD) and her work is held in several museums, such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum and the DZ Bank Collection. Devlin has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe including at the Venice Biennale. Steidl has published her The Omega Suites (2000), Water Rites (2003) and Lake Pictures (2020).