Represented by Gallery VU'
American. Born in 1967 in Tel Aviv. Lives in Warsaw.
Since his first exhibition, in 1999, Michael Ackerman has made his mark by bringing a new, radical and unique approach. His work on Varanasi, entitled "End Time City," breaks away from all sorts of exoticism or any anecdotal attempt at description, to question time and death with a freedom granted by a distance from the panoramic â€“ whose usage he renewed â€“ to squares or rectangles.
In black and white, with permanent risk that led him to explore impossible lighting, he allowed the grainy images to create enigmatic and pregnant visions. Michael Ackerman seeks â€“ and finds â€“ in the world he traverses, reflections of his personal malaise, doubts and anguish. He received the Nadar Award for his book "End Time City" in 1999, and the Infinity Award for Young Photographer by the International Center of Photography in 1998.
In 2009, he won the SCAM Roger Pic Award for his series "Departure, Poland".
His last book "Half Life" has been published in 2010 by Robert Delpire.
In 2014, he collaborated with Vincent Courtois, cellist, and Christian Caujolle, behind the project, in a show called â€śL'intuitionâ€ť which proposes a dialogue between photography and music creation. This show was presented, in particular, as part of the festival Banlieues Bleues and for the Rencontres d'Arles 2014.
From Library Journal
"India and the people who live there are the subjects of these books, each of which demonstrates a different approach to the art of documentary photography. A seasoned photojournalist, McCullin first visited India on assignment in the late 1960s. This survey of his photographs from many subsequent visits includes 90 black-and-white and four color imagesAmostly group scenes and portraits. Some of his images are well known, especially the street scenes depicting beggars and the portraits of refugees. These sometimes disturbing images depict a people and their circumstances over the last half of this century and represent an impressive collection for the photographer. Whereas McCullin photographs his subjects in a classic documentary style, with clarity, precision, and a sense of distance, Ackerman takes a more emotional and immediate approach. This young photographer's first book comprises primarily images made in Benares between 1993 and 1997. Though the title refers to the cremation grounds to which people travel from all over India to end their temporal existence, Ackerman's photographs are kinetically alive. His eye ranges from the streets to the cremation grounds, from interior moments to ritual dances. The approximately 70 images depart from straight documentary by inviting bursts of light and dark, blur, grain, and texture as aesthetic components. The result is a compelling collection of charged images. Where McCullin shows us what India and its people look like, Ackerman lets us know what India, especially Benares, can feel like. End Time City would make a good addition to academic collections, and both books should be considered for large public libraries.ADebora Miller, Minneapolis, MN"
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. Text by: Christian Caujolle et note d'Adam Cohen Publisher: Nathan / Delpire (1999) 140 pages Size: 26,7x29,8 cm ISBN :209754195X
2009 - SCAM Roger Pic Award
1999 - Nadar award for his book "End Time City"
1998 - Infinity Award for young photographer (International Center of Photography)
Half Life is Michael Ackermanâ€™s third opus. After â€śEnd Time Cityâ€ť (1999), a crazy journey through the city of Varanasi, India, and then â€śFictionâ€ť (2001), where unity of place is shattered into a sequence of images that seem to have been made in haste between New York and Europe, â€śHalf Lifeâ€ť fills in the outlines of a territory that Michael Ackerman has depicted as his life has progressed, in recent years focusing on Poland and Berlin. \r \r Portraits and landscapes emerge from pitch darkness and the kind of surreal lighting only Ackerman knows how to achieve. They reveal a...
Half Life (Strasbourg) From 2010-09-10 to 2010-10-24
â€śHalf Lifeâ€ť is the achievement of a work shot by Michael Ackerman from New York to Paris, Havana, Warsaw, Cracow, or Berlin. His pictures, getting rid of the traditional reportâ€™s constraints, confuse geographical borders and definite a space which, out of any narration, is a pure mental creation. Served by surreal lights, deep blacks and exploded grain, his pictures are the expression of feelings like tenderness, love, loneliness, and restlessness mixed together, and reveal something of the artistâ€™s psychic functioning, of his affects and obsessions.
Michael Ackerman's series â€śHalf Lifeâ€ť is the achievement of a work which began in 2001, after the publishing of his book â€śFictionâ€ť. Michael Ackerman went to New York, Havana, Paris, Warsaw, Cracow, and Berlin where he has settled recently. His pictures, getting rid of the traditional reportâ€™s constraints, confuse geographical borders and definite a space which, out of any narration, is a pure mental creation. Served by surreal lights, deep blacks and exploded grain, his pictures are the expression of feelings like tenderness, love, loneliness, and restlessness mixed together, and...