Michael Eastman

Michael Eastman

Michael Eastman is an American photographer best known for his painterly and luminous images of sweeping landscapes, interiors, and horses. Similar to the styles of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, his series Havana (1999–2002, 2010, 2014) depicts the decaying glamour of Cuban interior design and architecture with regal austerity. “I don’t really photograph sites over and over again,” Eastman has said of his practice. “I think photographs present themselves at certain times. The condition of the building, time of day, the light, the sky and my feeling at that moment.” Born in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, the artist is self-taught, and his work has appeared in critically acclaimed publications such as TimeLife, and American Photographer. His works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the International Center of Photography in New York, among others. Eastman lives and works in St. Louis, MO.



  • 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 List        
  • 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
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