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Jan 26, 2010

About Me

I shoot for fine art shows, commercial jobs, and portfolio work for models who pose for the aforementioned. That said, here is some self-aggrandizing fluff and testimonials ...

I have been called a prolific artist. My influence on my local scene is unmistakable. In 1992 I first published MOVEMENT magazine independently with my own creative outline in mind, focusing on the music and arts scene. Well over a decade later I am still publishing the magazine which now has correspondents across the county and around the world (interested in being one? Ask me how?). Photography is what led me into publishing the magazine and that has lead me into dozens of other projects including gallery exhibitions of my Rock and multimedia photography, club & nightlife promotions, music and talent management, and film production all spawned from my imagination. I am a Jacksonville FL native, born and raised, but frequently travel and shoot in other cities.

Quotes on my surreal manipulated photography:

"Dark, twisted, and ominously beautiful."
Darren Lynn Bousman,
director of SAW 2-5

"For those of us whose tastes are firmly entrenched in the macabre, it's easy to fall in love with the dark world Michaels has created. But what truly sets him apart is the fact that he creates every photographic element in each piece. In this day of appropriation where 'works of art' are comprised of clip-art and digital 'found objects' from the virtual junkyard of the internet, it is commendable the pains he's taken to create every corner of his strange and wonderful world."
filmmaker, Musician, Artist

"Max Michaels has an artistic vision that uses the human body not merely as inspiration, but rather as the frame work for conceptual, political, and social commentary. The images range from beautiful to horrific, but rarely wander from their focus on anatomy as the mechanism of art-making, as opposed to its subject matter. Although constructed through photographic elements, the images contain a sculptural quality and each structure takes on a scientific aesthetic. The human figure is eerily warped into 'Frankensteinian' creations built to represent a perspective of the world, but always containing an element of shock. In his art, the sanctity of the human body is often violated, and this serves to jar the viewer into feeling the concept, even before the analytical mind can grasp it."
of The Cruxshadows

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