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Mitch Epstein: Recreation [Hardcover]

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These pictures, made in the seventies and eighties, offer a window onto the beginning and breadth of Mitch Epstein's career. Most of these photographs are previously unpublished - culled from a body of work that addresses the theme of Americans at leisure.
Ordinary things here startle, while the extraordinary appears at perfect ease in the world. Teenage girls abandon a baby to fondle a snake; children sleep ass to the wind on a car in an open campground. People stake their private ground in public, if only for a moment - during which Epstein's camera finds them.
Gesture gives many of these pictures their pulse: tender hand, strained shoulder, swiveled hip. It isn't the fact of thirteen year olds smoking that shocks, but the grace and knowledge in the young fingers that hold the cigarettes.

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Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 16" Height: 11"
Weight:   5.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2005
Publisher   Steidl
ISBN  3865210848  
ISBN13  9783865210845  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mitch Epstein's work has been exhibited widely and included in numerous photography collections throughout the world. He has worked as a cinematographer and production designer for films, among them Saalam Bombay and Mississippi Masala. Previous books include In Pursuit of India and Fire, Water, and Wind. He lives in New York City.

Mitch Epstein was born in 1952.

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B-I-G-time recreation  Jan 23, 2006
Mitch Epstein devotes this Recreation book to many of his unpublished photos and they are presented in an impressively large format, nearly 16.5 inches wide by 10.75 deep, but I found this huge format rather unsettling because it became apparent to me that many of the sixty-six images lack the kind of detail that would benefit from this large page size. On the other hand there are many photos that are saturated in visual detail and clearly work in this almost mini-poster format. Plate forty-two, West Side Highway, New York City, 1977 showing a semi naked man resting on a sun-lounger near a parked Cadillac on some vacant ground with the Twin Towers in the background or plate sixty-six, Buena Vista, Colorado, 1988 with two happy model train fans surrounded by a diorama of tracks, houses and fake mountains are just two that will visually grab you. I thought it was unfortunate though that this kind creativity does not extend to all the photos.

Apart from the usual credits and photo captions there is no text in the book so it is left to the reader to gain their own insight about what is being revealed (and many of the photos clearly make me ask: what is going on here?) in this work. I suppose it is a bit old fashioned now to expect to read some technical reference about cameras and such but Mitch Epstein's work was featured in the two important eighties photobooks dealing with new talent, 'American Independents' (ISBN 0896596664) and 'New Color / New Work' (ISBN 0896594599) and both had this to say:

'Epstein used either a 6x9 cm Palm Press camera with a 65mm Schneider Super-Angulon lens or a Fujica GW 690 with a 90mm Fujica lens. Film was Kodacolor 400, Asa 120. If a strobe was used, it was a Norman 200 B or a Rollei Beta 5. Otherwise, the photographs were made with existing light. All prints are Ektacolor, 22x14 inches.'

One final comment, just where will anyone keep such a wide book? I would be happy to create some shelf space if I thought other publishers would put out photobooks in a similar format but somehow I doubt they will.

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Outstanding and essential: Mitch Epstein, Recreation  Oct 3, 2005
This was what American people used to look like, at play, at ease, and in color. In fact, Epstein is very well on par with Sternfeld, Shore, and Eggelston (a peer of them all, really...) and working in 35mm, his compositions exceed all of theirs in youthful fluidity and spontaneous grace.
interesting  Sep 6, 2005
lesser known than Stephen Shore or Eggleston but interesting work, not on par with the others but still pretty darn good

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