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Family Business.
Photographs by Mitch Epstein
Steidl, Gottingen, 2003. 294 pp., 316 color and 5 black-and-white illustrations, 11x12¼".
The tragedy that began Epstein's most recent photographic project hit close to home. Two 12 year old boys broke into a boarded up apartment building owned by his father in Holyoke, MA and, for the hell of it, set it ablaze. The fire spread, engulfing a 19th-century Catholic church, and eventually, an entire city block. A $15 million lawsuit was brought against the elder Mr. Epstein-money he did not have-and threatened to unravel his life. Epstein won a Guggenheim Award in 2002 for this work. His large-format color photographs have been masterfully combined with video clips in an attempt to re-create his father's crumbling universe. The book is divided into four chapters—store, property, town, home—and include photographs, storyboards, video stills, archival materials and text. Read Publisher's Description.

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