For more than four decades, the photographer Mitch Epstein has been intensively investigating everything from daily life in India and Vietnam, to notions of recreation and power within the United States, to the changing character of the late-twentieth century city street, to the collapse of the “American dream”. In his latest body of work, New York Arbor (Steidl, 2013), Epstein – as he describes it – “inverts the way we see New York”, compellingly drawing the city’s nature to the foreground, and in doing so, transforms our understanding of the city from a concrete metropolis into a complex, idiosyncratic, but nevertheless thriving “urban forest”.
AS: Aaron Schuman
ME: Mitch Epstein
AS: Firstly, how did you initially come up with the concept for New York Arbor – was there a specific experience, observation, conversation, or even a single image that spurred on the entire