Your Work and its Audience: Making the Match
New York City, 2019

(Guest Speaker)

Esa Epstein is an archivist, curator and director of sepiaEYE since 2009.  The gallery is dedicated to showing a spectrum of modern and contemporary photography and video work from Asia and beyond.  sepiaEYE continues to foster artist development through exhibitions, publications, trade fairs, and festivals.  There are twenty artists represented by sepiaEYE including the estates of Bhupendra Karia & Raghubir Singh. Epstein is interested in the rediscovery of lesser known artists and significant periods within the history of photography and in the support of emerging artists.  

As a curator, many of her exhibitions have been mounted in museums internationally and have been reviewed in numerous publications, most notably, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, ARTnews, and Art in America. Gallery artists have gained critical acclaim and international recognition, and their works are included in the collections of major European and US museums and private collectors.

During her tenure as the Executive Director and Curator of SEPIA International and The Alkazi Collection (1995-2009), Esa Epstein has published eight titles on modern and contemporary photography including: Atul Bhalla: Yamuna Walk (sepiaEYE & UW Press, 2011), Jungjin Lee: Wind, essays by Eugenia Parry and Vicki Goldberg (Aperture/SEPIA, 2009); Ketaki Sheth: Bombay Mix, preface by Suketu Mehta (Dewi Lewis/SEPIA, 2007); and Vivan Sundaram: Re-take of Amrita, essays by Vivan Sundaram and Wu Hung (SEPIA, 2006).

In her former position, Esa Epstein has helped build an impressive collection of Indian photography and, along the way, has offered her expertise to both private and public collections. Esa Epstein continues to offer institutional planning and arts management through sepiaEYE.  The most current venture will be the Jodhpur Photography Museum in association with The Mehrangarh Trust & The George Eastman Museum.