The New Forty-Niners

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SARINA FINKELSTEIN

EXHIBITION DATES:  MAY 8 - JUNE 21, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION & BOOK SIGNING:  MAY 8, 6-8PM

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. At a time when the price of gold is at an all-time-high, these images 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.” 

Sarina Finkelstein received her BFA in Photography from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO and her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has had solo shows at the Weitman Gallery in St. Louis, MO and Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR. Finkelstein was selected as an American Photography 29 Chosen Winner and in 2012 was selected for exhibition in the National Photography Fellowship Competition “Developed Work” at the Midwest Center for Photography. A 2010 Critical Mass Finalist and participant in Review Santa Fe, she has also been a speaker and award recipient at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine, The London Telegraph’s Sunday magazine,SEVEN, and Amica, as well as on The New York Times’ “Lens,” TIME, NPR, Photo District News and Conscientious photo blogs.  Finkelstein lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and fellow photographer, David Leventi.