Epstein, Mitch - AMERICAN POWER - steidl
- Publisher: STEIDL (May 13 2011)
- Language: French
- ISBN-10: 3869302224
- ISBN-13: 978-3869302225
- Product Dimensions: 27 x 2.2 x 30 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
In this book, Mitch Epstein questions the notion of power, both electric and political. It seeks to determine who has power, what is done with it and how it affects the rest of the population. Between 2003 and 2008, Epstein traveled the United States in order to photograph energy producing sites, whether thermal, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, and other renewable forms. The resulting images combine Epstein's relevance, thoroughness and formal rigor. During the realization of this project, several elements marked Epstein: the hostility of Territorial Security, the pollution of the environment, the resistance of certain companies and the culture of excess. In the essay that accompanies these photographs, he recounts how these experiences led him to consider the role of the artist in more depth, in a country torn between collapse and transformation. The images in this book highlight the links between energy production and consumption, between climate change and corporatism, between society and the landscape. Here is a portrait of America at the start of the 21st century, gripping past comforts and dreaming of a healthier future.