Mitch Epstein is a photographer who helped pioneer fine-art color photography in the 1970s. Focusing primarily on America as a place and an idea over the last five decades, Epstein presents us with several immersive, visually arresting stories on the urgent political and cultural challenges we face as a nation. In his latest series, Property Rights, Epstein looks deeply at different communities vying for their rights to American land. For some, what's at stake is their well-being and way of life; for others, money and power.
Epstein's thirteen books include Sunshine Hotel (Steidl/PPP Editions 2019); Rocks and Clouds (Steidl 2018); 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), winner of the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award.
His photographs are in numerous major museum collections including New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern in London, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
In 2011, Epstein won the Prix Pictet for American Power. Among his other awards are the Berlin Prize in Arts and Letters from the American Academy in Berlin (2008), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2003).
Epstein has also worked as a director, cinematographer, and production designer on several films, including Dad, Mississippi Masala, and Salaam Bombay!. He currently lives with his family in New York City.