Mitch Epstein, Recreation American Photographs 1973-1988 (Hardcover)
|Ordinary things here startle, while the extraordinary appears at perfect ease in the world. These pictures, made in the 1970s and 80s, offer a window into the beginning and breadth of Mitch Epstein''s career.|
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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 Most of these photographs are previously unpublished - culled from a body of work that addresses the theme of Americans at leisure.|Ordinary things here startle, while the extraordinary appears at perfect ease in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.