ABOUT THE ARTIST:  Jeffrey Milstein is a photographer, architect, graphic designer, and pilot. Milstein’s photographs have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and Europe, and are currently represented in the USA by Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles and Bonni Benrubi Gallery in NYC; and in Europe by Young Gallery in Brussels . In 2012 Milstein’s work was presented in a solo show at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and included in New Typologies, curated by noted British photographer and critic, Martin Parr. His photographs have been published in New york Times, Los Angeles Times, Harpers,Time, Fortune, European Photography, American Photo, Eyemazing, Die Ziet, Wired, PDN, Esquire, and Condi Naste Traveler. Abrams published Milstein’s aircraft work as a monograph in 2007, and Monacelli published his extensive body of work from Cuba as a monograph in April 2010. Born in Los Angeles, where he frequently returns to shoot at the International Airport, Milstein makes his home in Woodstock, NY. Please see: www.jeffreymilstein.com.

University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Architecture

Aircraft: the Jet as Art, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Wash. DC, Nov 2011– Nov 2012
Cuba: On the Streets, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, July  2011
Beyond Place, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR, (group), December 2009 – March 2010
Looking Up, Ambient Projects, Las Vegas, NV, (group), December 2009 – March 2010
Globetrotting, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY, (group), September – November 2009
Aircraft: The Jet as Art, The Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS, (solo), August – December 2008
New Typologies, New York Photo Festival, curated by Martin Parr, (group), May 2008
Aircraft: The Jet as Art, Young Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, (solo), February 2008
Aircraft 2, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (solo), April 2007
Aircraft, ego gallery, Barcelona, Spain, (solo), September - October 2006
Flight Plan, Morgan Lehman Gallery New York, NY, (group), 2006
Aircraft, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (2 person), 2005
Cuba, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, (solo), 2005
Best of Show, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, (group), 2005
New Photography, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland OR, (group), 2005
Work by New Means, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, (group), 2003
Terra, Pietra e Cielo, Comunita di San Leolino, Florence, Italy, (solo) 2001
Color of Light, Klienart/James Art Center Gallery, Woodstock, NY, (solo), 1999
Jeffrey Milstein Photography, Donskoj Gallery, Kingston, NY, (solo), 1997

German GQ, March 2011
Kilimanjaro Magazine, Winter 2010
BRIGHT Magazine, cover, June 2010
Libération, May 19, 2010
Cuba: Photographs by Jeffrey Milstein, hardcover monograph, Monacelli Press, April 2010
Chronogram Magazine, April 2010
The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, Sylvia Wolf, Henry Art Gallery & Prestel Press, 2010
Elle Décor, March 2010
Working Class Magazine, interview by Marcel Dagenais, March 2010
Esquire, September 2009
Photo Review, cover, fall 2009
Vision Magazine, June 2008
Wired Magazine, December 2008
Die Zeit Magazine, cover, January 2008
Creative Review, June 2007
Men’s Vogue, April 2007
Smithsonian Air And Space Magazine, September 2007
AirCraft: The Jet as Art, hardcover monograph, Abrams, May 2007
Eyemazing, 10 page portfolio, May 2007
Libération, March 2007
Esquire Russia, March 2007
European Photography, eight page portfolio, October 2006
PDN Photo Annual, May 2006
Los Angeles Times, December 22, 2005
PQ / Photography Quarterly, issue #92, 2005
PDN Digital Photography Contest, First Place, 2005
American Photography 21, 2005
Photo Review, Honorable Mention 2005
Graphis Photo Annual, 2005
photomagazin, cover and six pages, June 2004

Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Bank of America Collection
Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, NY
The Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS

artist statement

Flying an airplane was one of my earliest dreams. Building and flying all the model planes I could afford, I became intimately familiar with aircraft design, and at the age of 17, I received my pilot’s license.
Heavy metal, as the wide body jets are known, is the ultimate achievement in engineering and design. While aircraft evoke many different feelings, since 9/11, no one can ever again look at a large airliner without the distant but ominous memory of how easily they were turned into weapons by a small band of terrorists. They are a symbol of how vulnerable our highly technological society has become.
In this portfolio I explore a typology of the varied cruciform shapes of jet aircraft flying precisely overhead as if frozen in space. I have decontextualized these highly detailed photographs to express the complexity and beauty of form. That these giant conglomerations of aluminum, can gracefully lift from earth is amazing. That they can return safely some hours later on another part of the globe is even more amazing. My aircraft photographs are an attempt to capture that sense of beauty and wonder but also the vulnerability that we all feel in today’s world.

  • image AirCraft: The Jet As Art

    Book Description:

    Often it takes an artist to show us that the familiar is in fact truly remarkable. Jeffrey Milstein’s elegant photographs of commercial airliners have quickly become contemporary icons, published in 2005 in Photomagazin, Graphis Photo Annual, and American Photography 21, and winning first place in the PDN Digital Photography Contest.

    Milstein’s meticulously composed large-format photos of airliners in flight reveal the beauty and power of these sleek, complex machines and restores some of the glamour to the experience of air travel

    An eloquent foreword by Walter J. Boyne helps the reader appreciate these amazing technological wonders, and the book gives technical data on each airplane pictured. Not just for the aviation buffs but for anyone who appreciates the sublime beauty possible in even the most complex technology.

    signed copies may be available

    $50.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling within the contenetntal US only.
    The international shipping rate is $30.00.