Mitch Epstein

State of the Union

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Mitch Epstein
State of the Union

Ed. 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 ills.


25.30 x 37.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2784-6

Two revealing photo projects by Mitch Epstein, the outstanding American color photographer

Mitch Epstein (*1952 in Holyoke, Massachusetts) numbers among America’s outstanding contemporary photographers. This publication examines the development of his oeuvre on the basis of two very different series of photographs. Recreation—American Photographs (1973–88) represents traditional American Street Photography and depicts everyday situations, quintessential testimony to life in the United States in the seventies and eighties. The open nature of a pluralistic society, one that decades later seems to have lost its fortuity, is documented in the randomness of the encounters. This is implied in the title of the second photoseries American Power, which Epstein began in 2003. It draws attention to one of the major power conglomerates in America, the energy industry, one that intervenes not only in society, but in nature as well, transforming them both in the process. Cooling towers and refineries dominate the images, breaking all rules of proportion and degrading everything else around them to the status of insignificant marginalia.

Exhibition schedule: Kunstmuseum Bonn, November 11, 2010–January 23, 2011

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