C.Zoltan Gerliczki 2019

C.Zoltan Gerliczki 2019

Michael James O’Brien

Curriculum vitae


Currently Associate Chair of Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA; 

Master class, New School for Social Research,  NYC, 1981; 

Associate Professor of Photography,

Kenyon College, 1973-1975


MFA, BFA Photography, Yale University, 1972 (Studied with Walker Evans); 

BA English Literature and Political Science, Kenyon College, 1969;

Durham University, UK: non-degree, 1967-68 

Editorial (Selected):

The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, GQ US, GQ UK,

The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine,

Vogue UK, L’Uomo Vogue, Interview,

Elle Décor, Departures, Travel + Leisure,

Conde Nast Traveler UK,

Io Donna, Donna, Financial Times, Intelligent Life, Zoo, Black and White Photography UK;

Sang Bleu, The Guardian, Frieze, Eyemazing. 

Commercial Commissions (Selected):

Polo Ralph Lauren, Illy Caffe,

Penhaligon’s London, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Saks Fifth Avenue, Longchamps, Thierry Mugler, Piazza Sempione,

Malo, TBWA, Ararat Cognac, Nautica, Bergdorf Goodman 

Matthew Barney:

All still photography for Drawing Restraint 7, Cremaster 1,2,4,5. 1993-2003. This work has been shown at the Musee Moderne, Paris, 2002, Guggenheim NY, 2003 & throughout the world. 

Solo Photography Exhibitions:

We Have Translated Each Other Into Light, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah GA 2018;

His Tender Heir Look/17 The Gallery Liverpool April, 2017;

Girlfriend , Liverpool International Photography Festival May, 2015;

Diptychs, Eyeloco, Antwerp, February, 2015;

Municipality of Beyoglu, Istanbul, August 2014;

Joyce Gallery, Hong Kong, September-November, 2013;

Regeneration, Municipality of Istanbul, June  2013;

Joyce Gallery, Beijing, 2012;

Hermes, New York, 2007;

Galerie 213, Paris, 2004 & 2005;

Piazza Sempione, Milan, 1998;

Assembling Gender, Exit Art, New York, 1994

Group Exhibitions (selected):

Borrowed Light , Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA 2018;

Creative Rage, Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, UK 2018;

Breaking Myth, Museo d’Aumale, Palermo, Italy 2018;

Figure/Ground, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA 2018;

Open Studio, SCAD Atlanta November, 2015, 2016,2017,2018;

Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussels, 2012, 2013;

Indian Caps, Antwerp, 2010;

Artphotoexpo, Art Miami/Basel curated by Marion de Beaupre, 2007;

Noovo, Santiago de Compostello, 2007


Girlfriend; Men, Women & Drag; Photographs with text by Holly Brubach, Random House, 2000. 

Co-editor, Designers Against Aids; the First Decade, Published by Ludion Press, Brussels, 2010 

An accomplished & published poet O’Brien is editor-at-large of the print & online poetry magazine Verbal Abuse since 1993.

He has read his work at Jackie 60, The Nuyorican, Bowery Poetry, Cabaret Magique,

The Groucho Club London, Society Club London.

2006-2016: Contributing Editor, Departures Magazine


Chez EsSaada: Owner of the restaurant/Bar

NYC, 1997-2004.

Curation (Selected):

RebelRebel, Trois Gallery Atlanta, 2018;

This Land is Your Land, Trois Gallery 2017;

Co-curator Solos, SCAD BFA Show, May 2017;

Co-curator Revelateur, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, 2017;

Curator, Passages, Lovett School, Atlanta, 2016;

Co-curator, Persona, Trois Gallery, Atlanta, 2015 

Lectures (Selected):

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, July, 2016;

Artspeak SCAD Atlanta, February, 2017;

Artist’s Talk, Hugh Baird University, Liverpool, April, 2017;

Spotlight Lecture Atlanta Celebrates Photography,  Atlanta, October,2017 

Permanent Collections:

National Portrait Gallery, London;

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio;

Joyce Holdings, Beijing;

Savannah College of Art & Design 


Member, Society for Photographic Education;

Member, London Photographic Association;

Advisory Board, Atlanta Celebrates Photography