American Power LP.

Photographs by Mitch Epstein. Music by Erik Friedlander.
Steidl/Skipstone Records, 2012. 4 pp., 44 color and 1 black & white illustrations, record, 12¼x12¼".



Publisher's Description
In 2003, Mitch Epstein began American Power, a five-year long, twenty-five state investigation of energy production and consumption in the United States, and how they had become manifest in the country's landscape and culture. His interest lay in the notion of power; in the overlap of electrical, corporate, civic, religious, environmental, commercial, governmental, and artistic power.

American Power won the 2011 Prix Pictet award, whereupon Epstein was invited to present the project that July at Les Rencontres d’Arles. To broaden his perspective on his own work, he asked musician Erik Friedlander to collaborate. Friedlander composed music inspired by the American Power pictures; and on a July night in a Roman amphitheater, Friedlander performed his music on the cello in tandem with Mitch, who narrated the project’s history, while behind them the photographs were projected on a cinematic screen.

In September 2011, Erik went in to the studio to record the compositions originally performed in Arles. The American Power LP is a suite of those six compositions, pressed on 180 gram audiophile vinyl. This limited edition of 500 hand-numbered albums features gatefold artwork by Mitch Epstein as well as a two-sided, 24x36 inch poster including Mitch’s photographs from the presentation as well as Erik Friedlander’s handwritten score and a free digital download of the music.

180 gram audiophile vinyl featuring gatefold artwork by Mitch Epstein
Limited Edition of 500 hand-numbered albums

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