Michael Eastman is a self taught photographer who has spent thirty years capturing the essential nature of his subject. During this time he has photographed a wide variety of subjects, and is best known for his Cuba and Horses series. He draws inspiration from photographers Eugene Atget and Walker Evans. Like these great documentary photographers before him, Eastman holds the authenticity of the image as his highest goal. He shuns the use of artificial light and uses long exposure times instead, waiting as long as it takes for the natural illumination of the room to expose his film properly.
His photographs are in the collections of Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The High Museum, Kemper Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum, St. Louis Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the International Center for Photography, New York.
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