Milstein, Jeffrey

Milstein, Jeffrey

Woodstock, NY-based Jeffrey Milstein was born in the Bronx in 1944. He received a degree in architecture from UC Berkley in 1968, and practiced 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 in 2007. The work was presented in a solo show at the Ulrich Museum of Art in 2008 as well as in a year long 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.

His photographs have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and Europe, and are represented by Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, Benrubi Gallery in NYC, Bau-Xi Gallery in Canada, and ARTITLEDcontemporary in Europe.

His work also has been published in New York Times, LA Times, Esquire, Fortune, Time, Harper’s, GQ, European Photography, American Photo, Eyemazing, Die Ziet, Wired, PDN, Esquire, Conde Naste Traveler, and featured on the CBS evening news with Scott Pelly.

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 2010. His work has been collected by museums including LACMA, the Smithsonian Museum, the George Eastman House, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Akron Art Museum.



University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Architecture

Select Exhibitions

Land and Lens, Middlebury College, October 4-December 15, 2017
LANY Kopeikin Gallery. LA, (Solo), October 28-December 23
Shifting Perspectives, Brooklyn Historical Society, May 19 – September 10, 2017
The Dream of Flying, Brandts Museum of Photographic Art, Odense, Denmark, March 18, 2016 – September 4, 2016
LANY, Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY, and Kopeikin Gallery; LA (solo), July 9, 2015 – August 22, 2015
Into the Air, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, (solo), July 18, 2015 – August 22, 2015
AirCraft: the Jet as Art, Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA, (solo), opening July 28, 2015
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

Select Publications and Awards

Exit Magazine, July 2017
fotomagazin, June 2017
Creative Quarterly 100 Best of 2016, 2017
TIME, April 10, 2017
Curbed LA and Curbed NY, February-March 2017
One Eyeland Awards, silver award in Fine Art, February 2017
Bloomberg, February 14, 2016
International Photography Awards One-Shot Climate Change, First place winner in Machine Category, February 2017
The Creators Project, December 2, 2016
Travel + Leisure, November 2016
GQ, October 10, 2016
Fortune, September 15, 2016
CNN Connect the World, September & November 2016
PDN Object of Desire Still-Life Contest, runner up, July 2016
Creative Quarterly, 100 Best of 2015, 2016
Fortune 500, June 2016
Moscow International Foto Awards, Honorable mention in Fine Art-Landscape category, June 2016
Communication Arts 2016 Photography Annual, Competition Winner, July/August 2016
2016 PDN Annual Winner, May 2016
Applied Arts Photography AACE Award Winner, April 2016
The New York Times, 16 April 2016
TIME, February 2016
Popular Photography, February 2016
Creative Quarterly, 100 Best of 2015, 2016
International Photography Awards, First place in Architecture-Cityscapes, October 2015
Focus, October 2015
The Decoration and Design building 2015 Stars of Design winner, September 16, 2015
Times of India: Home & Design Trends, 2015
Foto Magazin special edition, 2015
Creative Quarterly, Fall, 2015
GQ Magazine South Africa, June, 2015
Applied Arts Magazine, Photography & Illustration Award winner May-June, 2015
Foto Magazin, April 4, 2015
EXIT Magazine, 2015
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, 2014
Creative Quarterly 38, winner in Professional Photography, December 22, 2014
TIME Magazine, November 24, 2014
The New York Times, November 14, 2014
Conde Nast Traveller, Cruise Guide, November 2014
Realitaten Magazin, Fall/Winter 2014
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
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 magazine, issue #92, 2005
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


AT&T Collection, Dallas, TX
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Bank of America Collection
Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY, New Paltz, NY
The Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT


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