Michael Eastman is a self-taught photographer. Using a 4 x 5 inch camera, ending in monumental formats, his work contructs a fragmentary vision of various cities, like Havana, Los Angeles or Paris. Michael Eastman push the colors, playing on the overall unity of towns, wether it be natural or conscious harmonies. Over the past thirty years, his work has been included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Directed by Lou Bopp, this short documentary film explores the photographer’s practice. Michael Eastman talks about the choice of his subjects, the mixed feelings surrounding the creation of a work. The film follows the artist in his preparations, in his habits, leading to a satisfying or disappointing image. Michael Eastman also explains the transition from black and white to color, and the integration of printmaking techniques into his work.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AT HOLDEN LUNTZ GALLERY, ON AUGUST 22, 2020. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE.
Portrait of an Artist: Michael Eastman
A film by Lou Bopp