Mitch Epstein Catalogue
Mitch Epstein
Biography
1952
Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
1971-1972
Studies at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
1972-1974
Transfers to Cooper Union, New York. Begins to work in color.
1977
First teaching job assisting Ben Lifson at Harvard University.
1978-1990
For a decade, India is a second home and work base. In addition to making photographs, works in documentary and feature film as a cinematographer, production designer, and producer. Collaborates on first feature film, Salaam Bombay!, which is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The photographs from this period form the book, In Pursuit of India.
1979
First one-person exhibition is at Light Gallery, New York.
1992-1996
Makes six trips to Vietnam to photograph and collaborate with a Vietnamese novelist. In 1995, the collaboration falls through due to political complications. The Vietnamese photographs are published with the artist’s own text in Vietnam: A Book of Changes.
1995-1998
Starts to photograph in the United States again. Shoots public space and private portraits in Manhattan for the project The City. Experiments with mixing color and black and white.
1997
Teaches at Bard College, where Stephen Shore is Director of the photography program. (also in 1999, 2001)
1999
Begins using a 4x5 field camera. Shifts from hand-held photography to the slower, more deliberate method of large format.
2000-2003
Begins work on photography and video for Family Business. The book, published in 2003, contains photographs, video stills, an artist’s essay, and a text consisting of interviews with family members and others who inhabit Bill Epstein’s life.
2004
Family Business multi-media piece is shown at Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France.
2005
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. publishes a dye transfer portfolio of 25 images from the book Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988. The prints are made by Guy Stricherz and Irene Malli, with the artist.
2006-2008
Awarded the Berlin Prize in Arts and Letters by the American Academy in Berlin; moves to the Academy for a 5-month residency. Amsterdam’s FOAM museum makes the exhibition “American Work,” which assembles images from American Power, Family Business.
Present
Lives with his wife and daughter in New York.
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