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Photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards Stalks Reality at Oakland Museum of California

Erin, 1997 by Beth Yarnelle Edwards

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

There’s something meta about Beth Yarnelle Edwards photographs. In them, she re-creates scenarios from people’s daily suburban lives and the actors she casts play themselves in their own homes. The scenes hinge between authentic and artificial – and all are completely compelling.

An extensive exhibition of Edwards work titled “Suburban Dreams” opens at the Oakland Museum of California this weekend. On display are 22 large-scale color photographs taken from 1997 to 2006 that depict the lives of people—from blue-collar workers to wealthy executives—in their Silicon Valley homes.

“They are authentic scenes from daily life recreated for the camera,” said Edwards during a press preview for the show. “I call it being a ‘stalker of the real.’ It’s more than just a snapshot.”

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