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.

Jimmie Durham
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Museo Madre presents artist, poet, performer, essayist, activist Durham, a unique figure in international art history of the last...
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Edition Block 1966–2022
Feb 10, 2023 – Feb 25, 2024
Since the 1960s, René Block has been a key figure in the European art world, his gallery helping to...
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Paul Chan: Breathers
Nov 17, 2022 – Jul 16, 2023
Chan, recently awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, came to prominence in the early 2000s with vibrant moving image works...
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International Women’s Day / 2023
Artpil / Prescription .137
Founded over 100 years ago evolving through various names and dates, this fulcrum of women’s rights was adopted by...
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Southern Rites / Gillian Laub
Various engagements / 2020–2023
This small town symbolized the archetype of pastoral American life. Yet this idyllic place was also held hostage by...
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First Look 2023
Feb 1 – Mar 31, 2023
Every photograph tells a story. A portfolio allows artists to explore the complexities of their subject, and provide context...
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Future Now Symposium 2023
March 23–24, 2023
An exploration of 21st century culture through art, this event brings together key institutions, galleries, publications and artists to...
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In the Eye of the Storm
Nov 29, 2022 – Apr 30, 2023
The exhibition presents the ground-breaking art produced in Ukraine in the first decades of the twentieth century, showcasing trends...
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Jimmie Durham
Humanity Is Not a Completed Project
Museo Madre presents artist, poet, performer, essayist, activist Durham, a unique figure in international art history of the last...
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Edition Block 1966–2022
Feb 10, 2023 – Feb 25, 2024
Since the 1960s, René Block has been a key figure in the European art world, his gallery helping to...
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Paul Chan: Breathers
Nov 17, 2022 – Jul 16, 2023
Chan, recently awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, came to prominence in the early 2000s with vibrant moving image works...
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International Women’s Day / 2023
Artpil / Prescription .137
Founded over 100 years ago evolving through various names and dates, this fulcrum of women’s rights was adopted by...
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Southern Rites / Gillian Laub
Various engagements / 2020–2023
This small town symbolized the archetype of pastoral American life. Yet this idyllic place was also held hostage by...
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First Look 2023
Feb 1 – Mar 31, 2023
Every photograph tells a story. A portfolio allows artists to explore the complexities of their subject, and provide context...
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Future Now Symposium 2023
March 23–24, 2023
An exploration of 21st century culture through art, this event brings together key institutions, galleries, publications and artists to...
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In the Eye of the Storm
Nov 29, 2022 – Apr 30, 2023
The exhibition presents the ground-breaking art produced in Ukraine in the first decades of the twentieth century, showcasing trends...
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