Michael Eastman has spent three decades capturing the essential nature of his subject. Perhaps his best known photographs are those he shot in Cuba. His greatest inspiration comes from artists such as Eugene Atget and Walker Evans, and like those legendary documentary photographers, Eastman holds the authenticity of the image as his highest goal. He rejects the use of artificial light and employs long exposure times instead, waiting as long as he needs for the natural illumination of a room to expose his film properly.
Michael Eastman’s photographs are in numberous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; The Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum; San Francisco Museum of Art; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; The High Museum, Atlanta; Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; New Orleans Museum of Art; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis Museum of Art; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Ft. Worth, Texas; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; and the International Center for Photography, New York City.