Sarina Finkelstein's first monograph, The New Forty-Niners (Kehrer Verlag), with texts by Lucy Davies and Kevin Fagan, is now available:
Shot over four years, The New Forty-Niners documents the new wave of gold prospectors who have rushed to California 160 years after the original Gold Rush of 1849. The tactile and earthy photographs show the gamblers, the adventurers, the desperate, the self-reliant and the young-at-heart in their camps and on claims spread across this magnificently wild landscape. They document those who endeavor to make a living prospecting for ever elusive gold and the impact recent environmental legislation banning dredging equipment has had on their livelihood. The New Forty-Niners juxtaposes the elemental rugged life of these passionate and obsessive individuals with gold souvenir shops, bars and motels celebrating the mining history of California, "The Golden State." 2014 PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS ANNUAL BOOKS WINNER!
Lucy Davies writes about photography and other visual arts for The Telegraph (London) and is a regular contributor to World of Interiors, The British Journal of Photography, 1000 Words Photography magazine, The Royal Photographic Society magazine and The V&A magazine. On the judging board for a number of prizes and awards, she has written essays on photography for the National Portrait Gallery, London and provided the interpretation of Pre-Raphaelite painting for David Daniell’s The Bible in English(Yale). In 2009 she devised and launched 'Telephoto', an online platform for art and documentary photography for the Telegraph.
Kevin Fagan is a veteran reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. He specializes in stories on the American West, homelessness and poverty, enterprise news-feature writing and breaking news. From 2003 to 2006, he was the only beat reporter in the United States covering homelessness full time, and his stories about the West include explorations of gold mining and the Native American gambling industry. Fagan’s awards include prizes from Heywood Broun, National Headliner Awards and Best of the West. In 2006 he won the national James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism as well as a John S. Knight Fellowship to Stanford University, which allowed him to spend the 2006-07 academic year at the university studying aspects of the American West. He has been nominated several times for the Pulitzer Prize for stories ranging from homelessness to disaster coverage and feature writing.