Mitch Epstein: Rocks and Clouds
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Steidl: 01 edition (29 Jun. 2017)
By: Mitch Epstein (Author)
The way the sky and ground can mirror one another intrigued ancient Chinese painters, as well as Smithson and the Surrealists, all of whom inspired this project. Here, Epstein draws attention to the sculptural quality of New York City's clouds, bedrock and architecture--which, at its most elemental, is made from rock. Cloud wedges engulf a cargo ship, buildings recall Constructivist paintings and boulders are imposing elders in the middle of a park or sidewalk. Rocks and Clouds suggests society's inability to control time and tame nature. While it seems impossible to make a fresh picture of New York, Epstein gives us a surprising portrait of it.
A pioneer of 1970s color photography, Mitch Epstein has photographed the human engagement with the landscape for the past 40 years. Epstein has won numerous awards including the Prix Pictet, the Berlin Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has recorded the cultural and physical evolution of the United States from 1973 to the present in his Steidl books Family Business (2003), Recreation (2005) and American Power (2011).