Michael Endy’s photographs have been featured in more than 200 national, regional, and international exhibitions. His work is in the collections of the CICA Museum in Seoul, South Korea and numerous private collectors. He is represented on Artsy by Mana Contemporary and SHIM Art Network.
He holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, where he studied photography with William Gedney, printmaking with Clare Romano, and graphic design with Charles Goslin.
His studio is in Westfield, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and daughters.
My images depict fictional nighttime landscapes of my own fabrication that conjure mysterious narratives rich with American symbolism. Mirroring society in a time of great anxiety, the landscapes and my actors are out of balance & the narratives incomplete.
To create the imaginary worlds that I capture through my lens, I build intricate miniature sets in my studio that enable elevated camera angles more common to cinema than to still photography. My actors are small-scale, hand-painted figures. The complete compositions are precisely planned, luxuriously lit, and captured in a single photograph.
The resulting images are reminiscent of individual frames from Technicolor movies that have yet to be made. They engage the imagination of the viewer, as they are photographs - seemingly real - and yet everything in them is constructed. I view it as painting with a camera. My images ask you to look twice. And think.