For five decades, Michael Eastman has explored the interiors and facades of cities as diverse as Havana, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Tokyo, and most recently Buenos Aires; producing photographs unified by their visual precision, monumentality, and painterly use of color. Eastman has said of his work, "I think photographs present themselves at certain times. The condition of the building, time of day, the light, the sky and my feeling at that moment." His affection for the vernacular is reflected in the resultant photographs, rich in narrative and embodied with an intrinsic sense of place and time.
Born in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, Eastman studied at the University of Wisconsin. He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, National Addy Award, and a Paris Photo BMW Finalist Prize. His images have appeared in Time, Life, Art in America, New York Times, and American Photographer. Eastman's work is in numerous private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Saint Louis Art Museum, MO; and the International Center of Photography, NY. His publications include Havana (Prestel, 2011), Vanishing America (Rizzoli, 2008), and Horses (Knopf, 2003).
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