From the ICP Archives: MITCH EPSTEIN Amos Power Plant, Raymond, West Virginia


This quiet neighborhood view in Raymond City, West Virginia, opens Mitch Epstein’s book American Power (2009). Amid a bucolic fall panorama we see a cozy middle-American backyard with a patio, garden, white shed, and nearby houses. But looming in the background, like ghostly apparitions, are the outsized stacks of the Amos Coal Power Plant. Whether the environmental and health hazards are real or implied, the scene is both menacing and unforgettable. Epstein is particularly adept at capturing such richly symbolic perspectives and, as such, his American Power images are among the most incisive and ardently political photographs made in recent years.

Credit linePurchase, with funds provided by the ICP Acquisitions Committee, 2006

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s