PRINT January 2010


Mitch Epstein’s American Power

American Power, by Mitch Epstein, London: Steidl, 2009. 144 pages. $72.

MITCH EPSTEIN’S BOOK American Power comprises sixty-three color photographs of energy-related sites across the United States plus a short, vivid afterword, in which he describes the origins of his project in a commission from the New York Times Magazine as well as some of the difficulties he encountered, including run-ins with police, in post-9/11 America. “I didn’t start it with any kind of specific political agenda,” Epstein recently told the Times. “But as I worked and traveled”—between 2003 and 2008, he visited twentyfive states, including Alaska, many more than once—“I came away troubled by the implications of what I was seeing and what happened to me.” The photographs were produced as C-prints at a large scale, seventy by ninety-two inches, and a selection was exhibited at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York in

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