MITCH EPSTEIN & ERIC WILLIAM CARROLL
Photographer Mitch Epstein’s series American Power
, which investigates energy politics in cities and landscapes across the country, has taken many forms: exhibitions, books, billboards, a website, and now a theatrical performance. His stage collaboration with cellist Erik Friedlander premiered at the Walker Art Center last month. We are pleased to present an interview with Epstein by photographer Eric William Carroll and a portfolio of images from the project.
Owen Edwards grew up in suburban New Jersey, listening to jazz and longing to live in Manhattan. Eventually he found his way to the magical city, and not only that: he found his way to a tower apartment with panoramic views of the park, the river, the bustle far below. Today he lives in California but thinks often of his decades in New York, back when the city was less rich and more open.
PETER BO RAPPMUND
Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act, which intensified the oil rush on Alaska’s North Slope and ended one of the most vigorously fought conservation efforts in American history. Photographer Peter Bo Rappmund has documented nearly every mile of that massive structure. “There is a tension,” he writes, “between the reality of its elegant utilitarian function and the sheer audacity of the consummation: a perfectly engineered, efficient structure dedicated to the ruthless and expedient exhaustion of nonrenewable resources.”
In the Silver Valley of Northern Idaho, a 73-mile recreational trail follows a former railroad line through one of the world’s largest and most contaminated historic mining districts. Photographer Dennis DeHart captures the gorgeous vistas and toxic legacy of the Coeur d’Alene Basin.
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