Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Photography Centre, Room 101, The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery

American Elm, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Photograph
2012 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This photograph is from the series New York Arbor, which shows idiosyncratic trees in New York City. The photographs challenge the perception of trees as decorative additions within the city space, instead depicting them centre stage. Epstein shows how trees have surprisingly survived amid a rapidly changing human environment, even as they are cornered by urban development. This elm seems simultaneously restricted, protected and embraced by its concrete support.
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Object details
Category
Object type
Additional titleNew York Arbor (series title)
Materials and techniques
Gelatin silver print
Brief description
Photograph by Mitch Epstein, 'American Elm, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn', from the series 'New York Arbor', 2012, gelatin silver print
Physical description
Photograph of an elm tree located beside a road. The tree leans against a concrete support. There are housing apartments in the background.
Dimensions
  • Height: 1016mm
  • Width: 762mm
Gallery label
Known and Strange: Photographs from the Collection (2021-2022) Photography Centre, Gallery 101 Mitch Epstein (born 1952) American Elm, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn from the series New York Arbor 2012 In search of trees, Mitch Epstein wandered the streets of New York City. This leaning elm, simultaneously restricted and protected by its concrete support, is a symbol of nature in an otherwise urban landscape. Epstein opens our eyes to the trees rooted in New York and their often-hidden presence in the city. His practice deals with looking and seeing, exploring the way that nature – its adaptability and endurance – can go almost unnoticed in a big city. Gelatin silver print Purchase funded by Mark Storey and Carey Adina Karmel in memory of George Sassower Museum no. E.620-2019
Credit line
Purchase funded by Mark Storey and Carey Adina Karmel in memory of George Sassower
Summary
This photograph is from the series New York Arbor, which shows idiosyncratic trees in New York City. The photographs challenge the perception of trees as decorative additions within the city space, instead depicting them centre stage. Epstein shows how trees have surprisingly survived amid a rapidly changing human environment, even as they are cornered by urban development. This elm seems simultaneously restricted, protected and embraced by its concrete support.
Collection
Accession number
E.620-2019

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Record createdApril 23, 2019
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