MICHEL DELSOL was born in Paris; he works and lives in New York where he maintains a studio.
Delsol has a degree in Film Semiotics and Linguistics. Professionally, he apprenticed to portrait photographer Arnold Newman.
Delsol's portraits of writers, musicians, artists, actors, film and stage directors such as David Lynch, Jonathan Demme, Jim Belushi, Carrie Fisher, Peter Stomare, Kathy Acker, Don DeLillo, Johnny Winter, The Beastie Boys and Rosie O'Donnell. have earned him awards from the Polaroid Corporation and the New York Art Directors Club.
In addition to his editorial assignments, Delsol was allowed special access to the legendary 18th generation Kabuki actor Nakamura Kanzaburo and has exhibited this work at the Cultural Center of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. . This exhibit received many reviews among which one from the Washington Post. His most recent completed project is a 144 page photo book produced for the Japanese Ad agency / Entertainment Group Hakuhodo with Korean movie star Lee Byung Hun and he is currently at work on a book with the New York burlesque performer Rose Wood.
Since 2005 Delsol has had exhibits of his portrait and fine art works in New York City, Washington D.C. ,Venice, Italy and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Series Name: (or some thankful memories to trees)
This series of images are a meditation on time. Not in the way of working with a camera to capture or stop time, but in a way of being in time with time. None of the elements in the photographs are pre-arranged, the scenes photographed are sometimes found, but often they are searched for and recognized.
They are photographs of the confluence of various natural energies, such as time x wind, time x humidity of the air, time of the moment x universal time or memory x body.
All images in the nature series (or some thankful memories to trees) were shot on Tri-X film and processed and printed traditionally in the darkroom.
Cameras used: a Twin lens Rolleiflex with a 75mm fixed lens or a Hasselblad with an 80mm lens.
2012: The portfolio: 'Tokusho-Ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan', a portrait of a Zen temple is selected for 'Le Journal de la Photographie' weekend portfolio section by Tim Jefferies of the Hamiltons Gallery in London.
2011: Work selected for the 'One Life' international photography competition book.
2010: Artslant showcase juried winner for the portfolio 'Nature Series'
Kinokuniya in New York, NY NY: "Kanzaburo: Masked/Unmasked”
Dec 20th 2007 – Feb. 21st 2008
Kinokuniya in New York, NY NY: "Kanzaburo: behind the Scenes"
Nov. 18th Dec.15th 2007
Japanese Embassy, Japan Information and Culture Center
Washington , DC. "Kanzaburo, Photography by Michel Delsol", Aug.2nd
- Sept. 28th 2007. Opening night lecture by Michel Delsol, Aug 2nd.
La Gaia Scienza Gallery, Marghera, Venice, ITALY " Landscapes with
black and white Polaroid" May 4th - June 3 2006
Walter Randel Gallery, NY NY: "Of and About Wood", May 1st - June
Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY. May 15th 2008
Walter Randel Gallery, NY NY. "Woman: Sacred and Profane", March 27th - May 15th 2008
Walter Randel Gallery , NY NY. " Portraits of Nakamura Kanzaburo and
his 2 sons", Jan. 12th 2008
The Pool Art Fair at the Chelsea Hotel, NY, NY. Nov. 18th - Dec. 1st 2007
Sharada Gallery, Hudson, NY. "(or some thankful memories to trees)"
July 7th - Sept. 7
2006 Sharada Gallery, Hudson, N Y "A Fall and Winter Affair" , Sept. 2nd -
Oct. 28th. 2006
Un Gallo para Esculapio, Buenos Aires, Argentina May 2005