Jeffrey Milstein, Swiss International Airbus 340-300, archival inkjet print on paper, available in multiple sizes

Seven of Jeffrey Milstein's large-scale aircraft photographs were recently selected for permanent display at the Thomas W. Haas We All Fly Gallery, opening next year at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Museum also hosted a year-long solo exhibition of Milstein's photographs, Aircraft: The Jet As Art, from 2011 - 2012.

Says Milstein,  "As a child, I was drawn to aircraft. I built and flew model airplanes and earned my pilots license while still a teenager. A favorite pastime was hanging around the end of the runway at the Los Angeles International airport. I loved having the aircraft fly so low overhead that I could almost reach up and touch them.

As an adult, I returned to the runway at LAX with a camera to recapture those moments. Over time the work evolved into a series of highly detailed, formal symmetrical portraits, exploring the typology of aircraft. Often shot when a plane is flying close to 200 mph directly overhead, the images freeze time and motion. Perfectly suspended, hovering in space stripped of context, the photographs reveal the complexity, beauty, and power of the aircraft. As a typology I am exploring the uniqueness of each model as well as the similarities they share. If the images remind us of the magic inherent in flying, they also remind us of our vulnerability where technology can be used for good or evil."



Jeffrey Milstein, North American TB-25N Mitchell, archival inkjet print on paper, available in multiple sizes
Jeffrey Milstein holds a BA in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Over his career he has shown his photographs extensively across the world, including at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, UK; the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC; and Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, among dozens of others. Milstein has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, such as PX3 Prie De La Photographie Paris, Paris, FR; Communication Arts 2020 Photography Awards, Books, Menlo Park, CA, and was the Gold Award Winner from Graphis Photography Annual in 2020 for his series, Paris. His work has been featured in publications such as Fortune, Wired, The New York Times, TIME, GQ, Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveller, and Esquire. Milstein’s photographs are part of collections like those of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT; George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, and the Bank of America Art Collection.
View more work by Jeffrey Milstein here.
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