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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, 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. 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 catalog accompanying the traveling FEP exhibition “Civilization, The Way We Live Now”. 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 photographs have been published in New York Times, LA Times, The Guardian, Esquire, Fortune, Time, Harper’s, GQ, European Photography, American Photo, Eyemazing, Graphis, photomagazin, Die Ziet, Liberation, 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, Monacelli published his extensive body of work from Cuba as a monograph in 2010, and Thames and Hudson published LA NY, a collection of aerial photographs of LA and NY in 2017. 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.

Philosophy on Work

Work hard

Professional Specialties

architecture, graphic design, photography

Graphis Appearances

Graphis Photo Annual 2005, PromotionDesign1 1999, Ephemera 1995, Graphis Design 93, Graphis Design 92


Creative Quarterly, 100 Best of 2018, 2019 Communication Arts 2018 Photography Annual, Competition Winner for LANY, July/August 2018 Creative Quarterly, 100 Best of 2017, 2018 Texas Photographic Society, first place winner in Drone & Aerial Photography, 2017 Creative Quarterly 100 Best of 2016, 2017 One Eyeland Awards, silver award in Fine Art, February 2017 International Photography Awards One-Shot Climate Change, First place winner in Machine Category, February 2017 PDN Object of Desire Still-Life Contest, runner up, July 2016 Creative Quarterly, 100 Best of 2015, 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 Creative Quarterly, 100 Best of 2015, 2016 International Photography Awards, First place in Architecture-Cityscapes, October 2015 The Decoration and Design building 2015 Stars of Design winner, September 16, 2015 Creative Quarterly, Fall, 2015 Applied Arts Magazine, Photography & Illustration Award winner May-June, 2015 Applied Arts Magazine, Photography & Illustration Award, 2015 Creative Quarterly, 100 Best of 2014, 2015 Creative Quarterly 38, winner in Professional Photography, December 22, 2014 Creative Quarterly, 100 Best of 2013, 2014 Communication Arts, July/August 2013, Photography Annual first place prize in the “For Sale” category PDN Photo Annual, May 2006 PDN Digital Photography Contest, First Place, 2005 Photo Review, Honorable Mention 2005

Proudest Achievements

bolt together house project 1972, earning instrument rating, cover photo for FEP catalog

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Bachelor in Architecture, Berleley CA


Fortune Magazine, Esquire Magazine, Gatwick International Airport Authority, C. & J. Clark International Ltd, General Electric, Forbes Magazine, City National Bank, Norwegian Brands

Hobbies / Freetime

music, flying