When the Durst Organization came to Michael Mundy to photograph the artists that were commissioned for One World Trade Center, he couldn’t have been more delighted, as he has been photographing artists in their studios for years and has a special connection with artists.
Michael traveled to Connecticut to visit Greg Goldberg to experience Greg’s vibrant color brush strokes on canvas. He visited José Parla in his massive Brooklyn studio, capturing José’s action oriented large scale work, which now boasts to be the largest single painting in New York City measuring 90 ft. in length. This eye popping dynamic piece greets you as you first enter the building. He journeyed to eastern Long Island to spend time with sculptor Bryan Hunt and captured his unique vision for this amazing building. And, to Doug Argue’s studio at MANA, Jersey City which was was overwhelmingly rich with dazzling large scale canvases of his signature work.
This photographic series is a homage to the artist. “Who’s cooler than an artist?! They are the people I admire most. They are passionate, creative and dedicated. If eyes are the windows to the soul, then artists are the windows to our cultural soul. It’s through their eyes we get to look deeply within in ourselves.”
“When I’m shooting, I am looking to get to know them, to learn who they are and where they came from. I am curious where they are heading as an artist.”
“Since the studio is where it happens, it’s a privilege to be invited in and to glimpse at “what’s to come.” “I am constantly seeking out the things around the space that influence the artist—their inspiration references, memorabilia, books, and music. I’m looking for connections, things we have in common, things I can take away with me to use. When you spend time around people who are so highly focused in their work you can’t help but be influenced. It sharpens your focus to reset your aim. It’s a purifying process. There’s no difference between visiting an artist or some highly devout monk. Being in the presence of such committed people humbles you and demands of you to be better, to be more honest in your work.”
Michael’s work includes portraiture, fashion, interiors, travel and lifestyle and his photographs have been published in Vogue, W Magazine, Town & County,
House & Garden and Wallpaper. Clients also include BCBG, Baker, Calvin Klein, Durst Organization, J.Crew, Frette, Grey Goose, Halston, Hervé Leger, Kohler, Morgan Hotel Group and Andre Balazs Hotels.
For Inquiries and bookings please contact Michelle Edelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 212 734 0041.
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