New York Arbor by Mitch Epstein

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Epstein makes you see, not just the trees on the streets and parks of New York, but their often unnoticed presence in the city.
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Mitch Epstein's new work is a series of photographs of the idiosyncratic trees that inhabit New York City. These pictures underscore the importance of trees to urban life and their complex relationship to their human counterparts. Rooted in New York's sidewalks, parks, and cemeteries, some trees grow wild, some are contortionists adapting to constrictive surroundings, while others are pruned into prize specimens. As urban development closes in on them, surprisingly, New York's trees continue to thrive. From 2011 to 2012, Epstein explored New York's five boroughs in search of remarkable trees, often returning to photograph the same trees through the changing seasons and light. Many of these trees, Epstein learnt, were planted in one context--a farm or nursery, for instance--and had survived to be part of another, a city street or public garden; and most will likely outlive us to find their habitat continue to change. The cumulative effect of these photographs is to invert people's usual view of their city: trees no longer function as background, but instead dominate the human life and architecture around them.
 

About Mitch Epstein

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Mitch Epstein's work has been exhibited widely and included in numerous photography collections throughout the world. He has worked as a cinematographer and production designer for films, among them Saalam Bombay and Mississippi Masala. Previous books include In Pursuit of India and Fire, Water, and Wind. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 15, 2013 by Steidl. 96 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Travel.
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Reviewed by Sean O'Hagan on Apr 27 2013

Epstein makes you see, not just the trees on the streets and parks of New York, but their often unnoticed presence in the city.

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