Get This! Gallery presents the exhibition “In Between,” by Michael M. Koehler. This will be his first solo exhibition with GT! Michael Koehler has exhibited previously with GT! being featured in the group exhibition, “Free People of Colour (and other pictures)” curated by Santiago Mostyn, in the fall of 2010. This show will feature a wide selection of Koehler’s traditional black and white photographs.
Michael M. Koehler was raised in Philadelphia and started photographing on the streets where he learned that making photographs was based on the relationship that he shared with his subjects. Michael’s initial experience in Philadelphia and the relationship between nature and the urban environment is an on-going influence on his work. After receiving a B.F.A from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, he worked as a professorial photographer as a staff photographer for both the Philadelphia Tribune and Philadelphia City Paper. Yet, his passion has always been black and white photography and the process of the darkroom, which Michael embraces through his numerous documentary projects. He has traveled extensively across the US, Central America and Europe making pictures and collecting stories and he has lectured about his work at New York University, International Center for Photography and University of Pennsylvania Law School. Michael’s photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Leica Gallery in New York, the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, Subliminal Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, Sandro Chia Studio in Rome and the Ricoh Cube Gallery in Tokyo. Michael is a recipient of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award, as part of the Perkins Center for the Arts “Photography 29” juried show and was added to the museum’s permanent collection, and the “Artist Wanted” Top 50 portfolio competition. Michael lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son.
“I photograph because I need to – it is my way of life and how I connect with and understand the world around me. When we are authentically, naturally engaged with another human, we are at our most vulnerable state and mutual trust evolves. The experience is the true gift. For this exchange to occur we both must become open, a gentle process that sometimes is questioned and denied. When the shutter snaps there is a unity created between the outside world and me -we are nothing without each other.” – Michael M. Koehler
Artist talk: Saturday, September 17, 12-1pm (during the Westside Arts 3rd Saturday Art Walk)
Get This! Gallery
662 11th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318