Between 1978 and 1989, Mitch Epstein made eight trips to India and shot tens of thousands of photographs. He also made three films there with his Indian wife, director Mira Nair.
The photographs in this book are the result of Epstein’s unusual dual vantage in an extraordinarily complicated culture: through his Indian family life and work, he was both an insider and outsider. Epstein was able to enter a wide swath of subcultures that included a striptease cabaret, the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Bollywood movie sets, an old-time Punjabi wedding band, and religious pilgrims both Muslim and Hindu. In India is the fruit of Epstein’s deep and extended experience of India, where separate worlds converged.
“It is impossible to encapsulate in a sentence or two what India taught me, but I can say that my life there gave me a humility I hadn’t learned as a white middle-class man born in postwar America.” –Mitch Epstein
Mitch Epstein : In India
Published by Steidl
Edited by Susan Bell and Ryan Spencer
Text by Mitch Epstein
Book Design: Naomi Mizusaki, Supermarket
144 pages, 64 images
11 x 12.5 in. / 28 x 31.5 cm
Hardback / Clothbound
US$ 65.00 / € 55.00
Release Date USA: October