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michael quote - on racism and contempt ... scroll down to january 07
ALLAN MICHAEL – Statement/Bio – 2008
Studying Aesthetic Realism I now see why I fell in love with photography in 1978, when for the first time I saw the images I had actually shot in Central Park, come alive in the darkroom. I felt a new excitement and composure that thrilled me as I used my eyes to see meaning in the world around me. This passion for photography grew even more when in 1981, I was fortunate to study in the "Honoring Eye", class taught at Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City, by American photographer Nancy Starrels. In this class I learned this important principle of Aesthetic Realism(www.aestheticrealism.net )stated by its founder Eli Siegel; “The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites.” Learning this changed my life as artist and person.
I have exhibited work at the Terrain Gallery, Atlantic Gallery, Artist's Space, New York Law School, and Gallery 402, in NYC; the Firehouse Gallery, and the Craven Gallery, in Ma. My work was part of the traveling art exhibition, entitled, “Art Against Apartheid”. I have had fashion work appear in newspapers and trade magazines. I have also done editorial work for Essence Magazine. I have worked in the fields of fashion, still, creative, portrait, street, and wedding photography.
I continue my education today of art and photography in the monthly “Critical Inquiry” workshop, taught by the noted painter and art critic, Dorothy Koppelman.
I am presently studying to teach Aesthetic Realism in professional classes taught by Ellen Reiss, the Class Chairman. www.aestheticrealism.org
email: ...... armichael (at) optonline.(dot) net