Mitch Epstein . State of the Union


Hatje Cantz

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Two developing photographic projects by Mitch Epstein, the leading American color photographer

Mitch Epstein (*1952 in Holyoke, Massachusetts) is one of America's foremost contemporary photographers. This publication examines the development of his work from two very different series of photographs. Recreation-American Photographs (1973-88) depicts traditional American street photography and describes everyday situations, the quintessential testimony of life in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. The open nature of a pluralistic society, which decades later seems to have lost its luck, is documented in the randomness of the encounters. This is implicit in the title of the second American Power photo series, which Epstein began in 2003. It draws attention to one of the major power conglomerates in the United States, the energy industry, which intervenes not only in society, but also in nature, transforming them both in the process. Cooling towers and refineries dominate the images, breaking all the rules of proportion and degrading everything else around them to the status of insignificant marginality.

Exhibition calendar: Kunstmuseum Bonn, 11 November 2010 - 23 January 2011

Mitch Epstein. State of the Union

Hatje Cantz

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Stephan Berg, Christoph Schreier, text(s) by Christoph Schreier, Stephan Berg, Gisela Parak, graphic design by Annett Frey

German, English

2010. 120 pp., 59 males.

hard cover

25.30 x 37.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2784-6

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