CV

Biography

Born 1952 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA.
 
Lives and works in New York, USA.

Education and Teaching

1970 – 1971
Union College, New York
1971 – 1972
Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island
1972 – 1974
The Cooper Union, New York
1977
Lecturer for Photography, Harvard University, Cambridge
1997 – 2001
Professor for Photography, Bard College, School of the Arts
2004
Guest lecturer, Graduate Photography Program, School of Visual Arts

Grants and Awards

2020
National Academy of Design Inductee
2018
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2011
Winner, Prix Pictet Photography Prize
2009
Gold Medal, Deutscher Fotobuchpreis (American Power)
 
Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Grant
2008
Fellowship at the American Academy, Berlin, Germany
2004
Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award (Family Business)
2002 – 2003
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1997
American Institute of Graphic Artists, 50 Best Books of the Year
1996 – 1997
Camera Works, Inc. Artist Grant
1994
Pinewood Foundation Artist Grant
1980
New York State Council for the Arts
1978
National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Grant

Solo Exhibitions

2022 – 2023
Mitch Epstein. Silver + Chrome, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2022
Mitch Epstein. En Inde 1978-1989, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
2020 – 2021
Mitch Epstein. Property Rights, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
2020
Mitch Epstein. American Power, Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
2019
Mitch Epstein. In Time, Museum Helmond/Kunsthal Helmond, Netherlands
 
Mitch Epstein. Property Rights, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
 
Mitch Epstein. Property Rights, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
2017
Mitch Epstein. New York Arbor, Musée de la Photographie André Villers, Mougins, France
 
Mitch Epstein. Free of Charge, Andreas Murkudis, Berlin, Germany
 
Mitch Epstein. Rocks, Clouds and a Tree, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2013
Mitch Epstein. New York Arbor, Fondation A Stichting, Brussels, Belgium
2012 – 2013
Mitch Epstein. New York Arbor, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2011
Mitch Epstein, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
 
Mitch Epstein. American Power, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France
2010 – 2011
Mitch Epstein. State of the Union, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
2008
Mitch Epstein. Vietnam, Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Conte, Rome, Italy
2007
Mitch Epstein, Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
 
Mitch Epstein, Sikkema, Jenkins & Co., New York
 
Mitch Epstein. Work, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2005
Mitch Epstein, Brent Sikkema, New York
2004
Mitch Epstein, Yancey Richardson, New York
 
Mitch Epstein, PhotoEspana, Madrid, Spain
 
Mitch Epstein, Brancolini Grimaldi Arte, Florence, Italy
 
Mitch Epstein, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
2003
Mitch Epstein, Power House, Memphis, Tennessee
2001
Mitch Epstein, Brent Sikkema, New York
 
Mitch Epstein, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1999
Mitch Epstein, Brent Sikkema, New York
1998
Mitch Epstein, Center for Documentary Studies, Durham, North Carolina
1996
Mitch Epstein, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California
1994
Mitch Epstein, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
 
Mitch Epstein, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
1991
Mitch Epstein, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1989
Mitch Epstein, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
1987
Mitch Epstein, Julie Saul Gallery, New York
1982
Mitch Epstein, Light Gallery, New York
1979
Mitch Epstein, Light Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2022 – 2023
On The Line: Documents of Risk and Faith, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA
2022
Singing in Unison: Artists Need to Create On the Same Scale That Society Hast he Capacity to Destroy, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, USA
 
Through the Looking Glass, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA
 
In The Shadow of Trees, PhotoBrussels Festival 06, Hangar Photo Art Center, Belgium
 
Celebrating the City: Recent Photography Acquisitions from the Joy of Giving Something Foundation, The Museum of the City of New York, USA
2021
American Photography, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
 
In Conversation with Walker Evans: Four Photographers, Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
 
Civilization: The Way We Live, Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM), Marseille, France
2020 – 2021
Ansel Adams in Our Time, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
2020
Southbound. Photographs of and about the New South, LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rogue, Louisiana
 
BOOKS. An exhibition of books about art and art about books, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
 
Emotion and Structure, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2019 – 2020
Cars: Accelerating the Modern World, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2019
Civilization: The Way We Live, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2018 – 2019
Ansel Adams in Our Time, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
2018
Civilization: The Way We Live, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
 
Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, South Carolina
 
No Time, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, California
 
Streetwise, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
2017
Photography from the Walther Collection, FOTO/INDUSTRIA Biennial, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, Italy
 
Illuminating India: Photography 1857-2017, Science Museum, London, UK
2016
Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography, McNay Art Museum San Antonio, Texas
 
Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2015
Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
 
Museum of Stones, The Noguchi Museum, Queens, New York
 
Pair(s), Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels, Belgium
2014
Eyes Wide Open! 100 Jahre Leica Fotografie, Haus der Fotografie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
 
Prix Pictet: A Retrospective at Les Recontres d’Arles, France
 
Color! American Photography Transformed at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
 
Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon sur Saone, France
2013
A Democracy of Images - Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
 
EXPO 1: New York at MoMA/PS1 Queens, New York
 
Le radici dello sguardo at il Filatoio di Caraglio, Italy
2012
Infinite Balance, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
 
Out of Focus, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
 
The New York Times Magazine Photographs, Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2011 – 2012
Appropriated Landscapes, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany
 
The Unseen Eye, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
2011
The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
 
Infinite Balance: Artists and the Environment, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
 
Growth. Prix Pictet, Arteversum, Düsseldorf, Germany (travelling exhibition)
 
New Documentary Forms, Tate Modern, London, UK
 
Hyper Real - Kunst und Amerika um 1970, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
 
Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs, The Morgan Library and Museum, New York
2010
Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
 
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, Tate Modern, London, UK (travelling exhibition)
 
American Documents, FotoMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
2008
Arbeitswelten, Art Foyer DZ Bank, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2007
Intersections: Atlanta Collects Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
2006 – 2007
Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
 
Ecotopia: The Second Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York
2006
Cities in Transition, Public Art Project with Chuck Close and Dayanita Singh, Commissioned by United Technologies Corporation, Boston (Downtown Crossing subway station), Hartford (Bushnell Park), New York (Madison Square Park)
 
The photograph 'Hadrian's Villa, Rome, Italy, 1982', Museum of Modern Art, New York
 
iCI, Shoot the Family, Traveling exhibition curated by Ralph Rugoff. Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
2005
Garry Winogrand and the American Street Photographers, Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2004
The Open Book, Hasselblad Center, Goteborg, Sweden
 
Seventies Color Photography, Kennedy/Boesky Photographs, New York
2002
NY after NY, Musée de L'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
2001
Sense of Space, Noorderlicht, Groningen, Netherlands
 
Overnight to Many Cities, 303 Gallery
 
Walkabout, New York Historical Society
 
Blind Spot #17, Mass College of Art
2000
New York Now, Museum of the City of New York, New York
1999
California - Eggleston and the Color Tradition, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
 
Brent Sikkema, New York

Selected Films

2003
Dad, Production and Regie, Short Cut
1992
Mississippi Masala, Production, Design and Camera, Movie
1988
Salaam Bombay!, Production, Design and Camera, Movie
1985
India Cabaret, Camera, Dokumentary
1982
So Far From India, Director of Photography, Documentary

Selected Bibliography

2022
Mitch Epstein. Silver + Chrome, Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany
2021
Mitch Epstein. In India, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
 
Mitch Epstein. Property Rights, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
2019
Mitch Epstein. Sunshine Hotel, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
2018
Mitch Epstein. Rocks and Clouds, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
2013
Mitch Epstein. New York Arbor, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
2011
Mitch Epstein. Berlin, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
2010
Mitch Epstein. State of the Union, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin/Ostfildern/Stuttgart, Germany
 
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surviellance and the Camera, Tate Publishing
 
Starbust: Color Photography in America 1970-1980, Hatje Cantz
2009
Mitch Epstein. American Power, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
2006
Mitch Epstein. WORK, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
 
Where we live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
2005
Mitch Epstein. Recreation: American Photographs 1973-1988, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
2003
Mitch Epstein. Family Business, Steidl Publishers, Göttingen, Germany
2002
Visions from America, Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art 1940-2001, Prestel Verlag, Munich, Germany
2001
Mitch Epstein. The City, powerHouse Books, New York
1996
Vietnam: A Book of Changes, W.W. Norton/DoubleTake
1995
Fire Water Wind, Tenrikyo Doyusha
1987
In Pursuit of India, Aperture, New York

Public Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
 
Museum of Modern Art, New York
 
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
 
Tate Modern, London, UK
 
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
 
International Center of Photography, New York
 
J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
 
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
 
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
 
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
 
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
 
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
 
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
 
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
 
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
 
Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
 
Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City, Mexico
 
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
 
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York
 
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
 
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Memphis
 
St. Louis Museum of Art, St Louis, Missouri
 
The Walther Collection, Ulm, Germany
 
Deutsche Börse Group, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
 
Vassar College Art Museum, Poughkeepsie, New York
 
Gilman Paper Collection, New York
 
LaSalle Bank Photography Collection, Chicago, Illinois
 
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois
 
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
 
Equitable Life Assurance Society, New York
 
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
 
Chase Manhattan Art Program, New York
 
Citibank, New York
 
Morgan Guaranty, New York
 
Goldman Sachs, New York
 
KMS Fine Art Group, Baar, Switzerland