|Part testimony, part invention, this remarkable group of pictures constitutes a visual poem to New York City. These images probe the very meaning of contemporary urban life. Brutal and humorous, narcissistic and giving, Mitch Epstein's Manhattan is a crucible of incongruities.|
Epstein's unorthodox method for combining black-and-white and color pictures provides a shrewd reinvention of photographic idioms. Employing an extraordinary diversity of forms, he moves from still life to street work to portraiture to abstraction with equal mastery.
In "The City", the author offers what would seem to be the impossible: a fresh and profound view of New York City. For Epstein, the myth of New York cannot be separated from its reality. Here is one man's intimate view of the city, a view as surreal as it is true.
Mitch Epstein's photographs portray many aspects of New York City, mostly people and places he is personally familiar with.
"This is...an intimate, arguably self-referential expos? of what makes New York seem like home. As unsatisfying as this might be for tourists, THE CITY (and the city) has charms beyond the obvious." - Andy Grundberg Fall 2001