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Michael Eastman

Hollywood Theater, Havana, 2010

Dye coupler
85 × 70 in
215.9 × 177.8 cm
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Michael Eastman
American, b. 1947
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“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.

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Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on label verso
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Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Michael Eastman
American, b. 1947
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“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.

Michael Eastman

Hollywood Theater, Havana, 2010

Dye coupler
85 × 70 in
215.9 × 177.8 cm
Bidding closed
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