Apartment 304, 398 Main Street
This photograph is part of Mitch Epstein’s series Family Business, which traces the decline of Holyoke, Massachusetts, a once-prosperous industrial town, through the example of his own family’s waning fortunes. The series becomes a metaphor for many small American towns in flux, depopulated and with jobs in short supply.
Walls darkened by soot, Apartment 304, 398 Main Street shows a building belonging to Epstein’s father that was condemned after a fire. Yet the image also forms a stunning still life—an emblem of the fragility of life.
- Artist: Mitch Epstein, American, born 1952
- Medium: Chromogenic photograph
- Dates: 2001
- Dimensions: 50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Black marker on the bottom verso: "ME Apartment 304, 398 Main Street 2001 AP 1/3".
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 2009.56.2
- Edition: AP 1/3
- Credit Line: Gift of Richard J. Kempe, by exchange
- Rights Statement: © Mitch Epstein
- Caption: Mitch Epstein (American, born 1952). Apartment 304, 398 Main Street, 2001. Chromogenic photograph, 50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Richard J. Kempe, by exchange, 2009.56.2. © Mitch Epstein
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)