Michael James O’Brien

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

BA English Literature and
Political Science, Kenyon College, 1969

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

BFA, MFA Photography Yale University, 1972
Studies with Walker Evans

Associate Professor (Photography)
Kenyon College, 1973-1975

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

Publications: 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, CN Traveler UK,
Io Donna, Donna, Financial Times, Intelligent Life, Zoo,
Sang Bleu, The Guardian, Frieze, Eyemazing

Commercial Commissions: 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.


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.

Chez EsSaada: Owner of the restaurant/Bar

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

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

2006-present: Contributing Editor, Departures Magazine

Solo photography exhibitions:
Exit Art, Assembling Gender, New York, 1994
Galerie 213, Paris, 2004 & 2005
Hermes, New York, 2007
Joyce Gallery, Beijing, 2012
Municipality of Istanbul, June  2013
Joyce Gallery, Hong Kong, September-November, 2013
Municipality of Istanbul, August 2014
Eyeloco, Antwerp, February-March 2015
Liverpool International Photography Festival May 2015

Group exhibitions:
Noovo, Santiago de Compostello, 2007
Artphotoexpo, Art Miami/Basel curated by
Marion de Beaupre, 2007
Indian Caps, Antwerp, 2010
Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussels, 2012, 2013
Holden Luntz, Palm Beach, Ongoing

President Wallace Fellowship, UK, 2016
Artist’s talk, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 2016
Curator Passages, Lovett School, Atlanta, GA, 2016
Co-Curator Revelateur, Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, 2016


Permanent Collections:
National Portrait Gallery, London
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
Joyce Holdings, Beijing

Member, Society for Photographic Education