A Conversation with Mitch Epstein
interview series

Mitch Epstein (born 1952, Holyoke, Massachusetts) is a fine-art photographer who helped pioneer fine-art color photography in the 1970s. His photographs are in numerous major museum collections, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art; The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Tate Modern in London.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Fondation A Stichting in Brussels (2013); Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NY (2012); Thomas Zander Gallery, Cologne (2012); Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris (2011); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011); and Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne (2011). In 2015, Epstein performed American Power with cellist Erik Friedlander at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis commissioned and premiered the work in 2013, which was a theatrical rendition of his photographic series. The performance combined projected photographs, archival material, video, music, and storytelling.

Epstein’s ten books include Rocks and Clouds (Steidl 2016) New York Arbor (Steidl 2013); Berlin (Steidl/The American Academy in Berlin, 2011); American Power (Steidl, 2009); Mitch Epstein: Work (Steidl, 2006); Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988 (Steidl, 2005); and Family Business (Steidl, 2003), which won the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award. Winner of the 2011 Prix Pictet for American Power, Epstein was also awarded the 2008 Berlin Prize in Arts and Letters by the American Academy in Berlin, and a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship. Epstein has worked as a director, cinematographer, and production designer on several films, including Dad, Salaam Bombay!, and Mississippi Masala.

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Rencontres d’Arles 2021
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Marco Tirelli
Jun 25 – Sep 25, 2021
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Wellcome Photography Prize
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On Hannah Arendt
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Our 4th Year Anniversary
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We are rounding out our fourth year with over 2 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has...
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World Press Photo 2021
Winners & Exhibitions Announced
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American Art 1961–2001
Walker Art Center Collections
The exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of over 80 works by 53 artists exhibited in Florence through a...
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John Henderson / The Return
Sep 4 – Oct 9, 2021
While the process of casting is often considered in relation to permanence as the final move which fixes an...
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Rencontres d’Arles 2021
Jul 4 – Sep 26, 2021
Should we invent a new rite of passage for this very peculiar time? Retouch this blank year in technicolor?...
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Marco Tirelli
Jun 25 – Sep 25, 2021
Featuring over 150 works in an allegorical journey spanning four stories of the gallery, this exceptional museum-scale retrospective includes...
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Wellcome Photography Prize
2021 Winners & Shortlist Announced
The world faces huge health challenges and we at Wellcome support science that can find ways to solve these....
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On Hannah Arendt
Eight Proposals For Exhibition
Richard Saltoun's year-long program On Hannah Arendt looks to one of the most important thinkers of the post-war generation...
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Our 4th Year Anniversary
ARTPIL / Prescription .124
We are rounding out our fourth year with over 2 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has...
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World Press Photo 2021
Winners & Exhibitions Announced
World Press Photo recognizes the best visual journalism of the year, awarding the images and stories of photographers in...
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American Art 1961–2001
Walker Art Center Collections
The exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of over 80 works by 53 artists exhibited in Florence through a...
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