About Michael Eastman

Michael Eastman has established himself as one of the world's leading contemporary photographic artists. The self-taught photographer has spent five decades documenting interiors and facades in cities as diverse as Havana, Paris, Rome, and New Orleans, producing large-scale photographs unified by their visual precision, monumentality, and painterly use of color. Eastman is most recognized for his explorations of architectural form and the textures of decay, which create mysterious narratives about time and place.

Eastman's photographs have appeared in Time, Life, Art in America, Art News, Art Forum, Communication Arts and American Photographer, and they reside in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and other prestigious institutions. His books include Havana (2011, Prestel), Vanishing America (2008, Rizzoli) and Horses (2003, Knopf).


  • Amon Carter Museum, Texas
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta
  • International Center of Photography, New York
  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston Massachusetts        
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
  • New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  • Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH
  • Polaroid Collection
  • Rockefeller Collection
  • Saint Louis Art Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Sheldon Museum of Art
  • The George Eastman Photographic Collection, Rochester
  • Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas
  • Wieland Collection, Atlanta
  • Wilding Art Museum, California
  • 21C Museum, Louisville


  • Havana (Prestel, 2011) — Introduction by Achey Obejas, Interview with Vicky Goldberg
  • Vanishing America: The End of Main Street (Rizzoli, 2008) — Introduction by Douglas Brinkley, Essay by William H. Gass
  • Auguste Rodin (Archipelago, 2004) — Text by Rainer Maria Rilke, Introduction by William H. Gass
  • Horses (Knopf, 2003, 5th Edition) — Introductions by Jane Smiley and William H. Gass 



Edwynn Houk Gallery

New York, New York


Robert Koch Gallery

San Francisco, California


Holden Luntz Gallery

Palm Beach, Florida


William Shrearburn Gallery

Saint Louis, Missouri


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