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State of the Union
Mitch Epstein

State of Union

State of UnionState of the Union
Mitch Epstein
Hatje Cantz
German and English

Edited by Stephan Berg, Christoph Schreier and Kunstmuseum Bonn.
Texts by Stephan Berg, Gisela Parak and Christoph Schreier.



120 Pages
255 x 375 mm
ISBN 9783775727846


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.

About the Artist
Mitch Epstein (*1952 in Holyoke, Massachusetts)is a fine-art photographer, among the first to make significant use of color. From his early pioneering color photographs of American life in the seventies and eighties, to his most recent series focusing on the confluence of nature and human society in New York, Epstein has consistently created formally complex images that result from a highly introspective approach to photography.

About the Publisher
Hatje Cantz is a German book publisher specialising in photography, art, architecture and design. It was established in 1945 by Gerd Hatje and has offices in Stuttgart and Berlin. Hatje Cantz Verlag has a backlist of nearly 800 titles.

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