Michael’s photographs have been shown in more than 200 national, regional, and international exhibits. His work is in the permanent collection of the CICA Museum in Seoul, South Korea, and in numerous private collections.

Michael holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, where he studied photography with William Gedney and printmaking with Claire Romano. 

His studio is in Westfield, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and daughters.

Artist Statement

My images depict surreal, urban landscapes rich with American symbolism. 

Mine is a fictional, constructed world; I build and light miniature sets, creating the world I want to see through my lens. My actors are small-scale, painted figurines. The complete composition is captured in a single studio photograph. 

I consider my images to be still frames from old Technicolor movies that have yet to be made. The incomplete narratives are designed to inspire the imagination and suggest that there may not be a happy ending.

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