Michael Eastman, ‘Black and White in Color’, 1980, Heritage Auctions
Michael Eastman, ‘Black and White in Color’, 1980, Heritage Auctions
Michael Eastman, ‘Black and White in Color’, 1980, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: There do not appear to be any major condition issues; not examined out of the frame; framed under acrylic. Framed Dimensions 41.5 X 48 Inches

Signature: Signed, titled, dated, and editione '18/50' in pencil on mount recto.

About Michael Eastman

“I’m drawn to things that either reflect light or transmit light,” self-taught photographer Michael Eastman has said of his luminous, exquisitely formal mid- to large-scale photographs of architectural spaces and exteriors, natural landscapes, vanishing American towns, and horses. Inspired by Edward Weston’s diaries and Ansel Adams’s “zone system,” he began working in black-and-white film, switching to color in the 1980s. He compares himself to a painter, wielding his camera like a brush and seeing the world as a palette, full of lush colors and textures, patinaed surfaces, and, always, light. Through precise framing, Eastman makes the overlooked extraordinary and, often, abstract. He has turned a Havana living room into a portrait of its occupant, and a Tokyo hallway into a Light & Space installation. “You can’t do more as an artist than change the way a person sees the world,” he says.

American, b. 1947