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.

Year End 2021
This Triumphant Nothingness
Once again we arrive at the end of another year. 2021 was a year replete with contradictions and conflict,...
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Deana Lawson
Nov 4, 2021 – Feb 27, 2022
This exhibition is the first museum survey dedicated to the work of Lawson, a singular voice in photography today...
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Bayil – Behind The Hills
Bayil, Baku / Ongoing Project
On the horizon of the district between old, handmade fences and the sky, you can see the newly built...
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Post-Capital
Art & Economics of the Digital Age
Developed within a period of change and uncertainty, the exhibition is premised on the inherent paradox within a capitalist...
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Yesterday / Sal Taylor Kydd
Limited Edition Book Publication
A limited edition artist book produced in conjunction with Datz Press, Yesterday explores the feelings of isolation and dislocation...
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Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
Sep 29, 2021 – Feb 13, 2022
Johns's groundbreaking work sent shock waves through the art world when it was first shown in the late 1950s, and...
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Let Us Now Give Thanks
Native American Art
It's Thanksgiving. A nation’s founding conditioned on colonialism, proclamation premised on the blood of the natives and sustained with...
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ARTPIL / Prescription .125
Autumn Is a Second Spring
Deeply into fall now, falling back an hour to a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Recently...
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Year End 2021
This Triumphant Nothingness
Once again we arrive at the end of another year. 2021 was a year replete with contradictions and conflict,...
+
Deana Lawson
Nov 4, 2021 – Feb 27, 2022
This exhibition is the first museum survey dedicated to the work of Lawson, a singular voice in photography today...
+
Bayil – Behind The Hills
Bayil, Baku / Ongoing Project
On the horizon of the district between old, handmade fences and the sky, you can see the newly built...
+
Post-Capital
Art & Economics of the Digital Age
Developed within a period of change and uncertainty, the exhibition is premised on the inherent paradox within a capitalist...
+
Yesterday / Sal Taylor Kydd
Limited Edition Book Publication
A limited edition artist book produced in conjunction with Datz Press, Yesterday explores the feelings of isolation and dislocation...
+
Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror
Sep 29, 2021 – Feb 13, 2022
Johns's groundbreaking work sent shock waves through the art world when it was first shown in the late 1950s, and...
+
Let Us Now Give Thanks
Native American Art
It's Thanksgiving. A nation’s founding conditioned on colonialism, proclamation premised on the blood of the natives and sustained with...
+
ARTPIL / Prescription .125
Autumn Is a Second Spring
Deeply into fall now, falling back an hour to a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Recently...
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