Thursday, January 28, 2010

Award-Winning Photographer Explores 'American Power' at Washington College (Date Change)

CHESTERTOWN – Award-winning photographer Mitch Epstein will give a multi-media presentation based on his latest project, American Power, at Washington College’s Litrenta Lecture Hall on Wednesday, March 3 (NEW DATE), at 7:30 p.m. A book signing will follow.

Although postponed by snow from February 9, the lecture promises to be an exciting glimpse into Mitch Epstein's brilliance.

Epstein’s new work examines how energy is produced and used in the American landscape, raising questions about the nature and exercise of power,
both energy-based and political. Taken on forays to energy production sites and their environs, his stunning photographs question the power of nature, government, corporations and mass consumption in the United States. In his presentation, Epstein will reflect on the role of the artist in a country torn between tradition and sustainability.

Epstein is one of America’s most distinguished color photographers. He is the author of six other books in addition to American Power, including Vietnam: A Book of Changes, The City, and Family Business. His photographs are featured in numerous major museum collections, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The American Academy in Berlin awarded Epstein the Berlin Prize in Arts and Letters for 2007-08. Other prizes include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003. Epstein also has worked as a director, cinematographer and production designer on several films, including “Dad,” “Salaam Bombay!” and “Mississippi Masala.”

Litrenta Lecture Hall is located in the John S. Toll Science Center. Cosponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Department of Art and Art History, Epstein’s presentation is free and open to the public.

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