Jeffrey Milstein [ 1944 - Present ]

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Jeffrey Milstein was born in the Bronx in 1944. He received a degree in architecture from UC Berkley in 1968 and practised as an architect before turning to photography in 2000. Milstein earned his pilots license at 17, and his passion for flight led to his well-known typology of aircraft photographed from below while landing.

Milstein’s work was presented in a solo show at the Ulrich Museum of Art in 2008, as well as in a yearlong solo show at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 2012. In 2016, it was on display at the Brandts Museum in Odense, Denmark.

In recent years, Milstein has reversed the direction of the camera creating award-winning unique aerial images of man-made landscapes that are iconic and emblematic of the modern world. These photographs have been recently shown in solo shows at Kopeikin Gallery, Bau-Xi Gallery, and Benrubi Gallery in 2017-2018. The National History Museum of Los Angeles County opened a permanent installation in 2017 which included a large-scale reproduction of Milstein’s aerial photograph of Beverly Hills.

His aerial photograph of Newark Airport is a cover image for the catalogue accompanying the travelling FEP exhibition Civilization, The Way We Live Now. Milstein’s photographs have been exhibited and collected throughout The United States and Europe.


Jeffrey Milstein, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, (Solo) July 2013
High Art: A Decade Of Collecting, Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum, Wash. Dc, July 2013 – December 2013
Aircraft: The Jet As Art, Reagan National Airport, Washington D.C., (Solo) May – December 2013
Aircraft: The Jet As Art, Bau-Xi Gallery, Toronto, (Solo) September, 2012
Aircraft: The Jet As Art, Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum, Wash. Dc, Nov 2011– Nov 2012
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

Selected Publications And Awards:

Gq Magazine, March 2015
Applied Arts Magazine, Photography & Illustration Award, 2015
Harper’s Magazine, February 2015
Creative Quarterly, 100 Best Of 2014, 2015
Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2015
Times Herald-Record, December 27, 20
Huffington Post, August 18, 2014
Harvard Design Magazine, 2014
Creative Quarterly – 100 Best Of 2013, 2014
Conde Naste Traveler, August 12, 2014
It’s In The Air, Thema Luft, Dummy Verlag, 2014
Fortune, March 17, 2014
Io Donna, December 14, 2013
Be Blue Air, October-November, 2013
Chinese Photography, October, 2013
Time Magazine, September 9, 2013
Fotomagazin, September 2013
Time Magazine, July 22, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle, July 14, 2013
Communication Arts, July/August 2013, Photography Annual First Place Prize In The “For Sale” Category
Slate, May 14, 2013
Daily Mail, May 5 And 15, 2013
Los Angeles Times Arts & Culture, April 27, 2013
Issues In Science And Technology, Cover, Summer 2011
Idiographic, Issue One, Summer 2011
German Gq, March 2011
Kilimanjaro Magazine, Winter 2010
Bright Magazine, Cover, June 2010
Libération, May 19, 2010
Cuba: Street Photographs By Jeffrey Milstein, Hardcover Monograph, Monacelli Press, April 2010
Esquire, September 2009
Wired Magazine, December 2008
Die Zeit Magazine, Cover,
January 2008 Smithsonian Air And Space Magazine, September 2007
Aircraft: The Jet As Art, Hardcover Monograph, Abrams, May 2007
Eyemazing, 10 Page Portfolio, May 2007
Liberation, March 2007
European Photography, Eight Page Portfolio, October 2006
Pdn Photo Annual, May 2006
Pdn Digital Photography Contest, First Place, 2005
American Photography 21, 2005
Photo Review, Honorable Mention 2005
Graphis Photoannual, 2005
Photomagazin, Cover And Six Pages, June 2004

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Selected Artwork

Three works from the series ‘Amusement Parks’
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Selected Artwork

Three works from the series ‘LA’
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Selected Artwork

Three works from the series ‘Paris’
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