Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mitch Epstein

"I had been sitting by Hoan Kiem Lake one day in June 1995 when the thought took hold that I had to go home to photograph. It was not so much that I missed home, but that I was, at long last, ready to face the challenge of photographing in the United States. I wanted to make the American landscape my own again.

My first American project after my travels was, looking back, preposterous: to make a body of work of New York at large. Preposterous because New York had been monumentalized in photographs in seminal ways during the last century. After Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, William Klein, Helen Levitt, Weegee, Garry Winogrand and others, who needed more pictures of New York? But once you start down that road of thought, you might as well ask yourself, who needs more pictures period? I gave a nod of appreciation to my predecessors, then forced myself to forget about them."

Mitch Epstein. From "Work".

No comments: