Jeffrey Milstein


What is your background?

Architect, designer, author, and pilot.

What kind of photography do you most identify with?

Fine art.

Explain your style in 100 words

My style is influenced by Bernd and Hilla Becher’s black and white architectural studies: geometrical, symmetrical and classically balanced.

How did your style change over time?

It became less landscape-oriented and more graphic with typologies.

What photograph left a lasting impression on you and why?

Arnold Newman’s portrait of Krupps where he lit him to look like the devil.

When did you discover your passion for photography?

In 1969, I got a camera and started photographing iconic places in New York like Coney Island.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

Taking a photo class with Jay Maisel.

What jobs have you done other than being a photographer?

Architect, founder and CEO of a graphic design and publishing company.

What is your dream project?

To be hired to photograph foreign cities from a helicopter.

Name 5 photographers who have inspired you

Jay Maisel, Howard Schatz, Arnold Newman, Stephen Shore, Edward Burtynsky, and Robert Polidori.

What would you do without photography?

Have a lot of time for other things.

How do you know when a body of work is finished?

When I’ve lost interest in pursuing it.

Is there one photograph of yours that you are very proud of? Why?

My photograph of Coney Island because it captured the feeling of when it was all lit up at night as Luna Park.

What is your most important gadget? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

My printer.

How did you start taking pictures? Why do you take pictures?

I got an 8mm movie camera when I graduated junior high school and started taking movies of airplanes and from the air.

What was your first camera?

An 8mm Keystone movie camera.

What camera do you use now and why?

PhaseOne IQ3 because it gives me images that I can blow up to 70″.

What role does the photographer have in society?

Documenting history and making us see our world in new ways.

You can contact Jeffrey and find out more about his work here.