HASTED HUNT is pleased to announce the gallery debut of Michael
Thompson, beginning Thursday, September 4th and running through
Saturday, October 25, 2008. There will be a reception for the artist on
Thursday, September 11th from 6 to 8 PM. This is the artist’s gallery
Part of the fashion continuum from Beaton and Horst through to Avedon
and Bourdin, Michael Thompson is known for his extraordinary
imagination and clarity, his vivid use of color, as well as his calm and diligence. American Photo named Thompson as one of
the most important photographers working today, “renowned for making
women look beautiful ... he sees them as art”.
“His first book is Michael Thompson: Images (Harry N. Abrams, 2005).
Writing in the introduction Vince Aletti, describes Thompson as “a
master of the art of astonishment ...Thompson’s images are witty,
surprising, and indelible. Though he says he’s open to collaborative
improvisation, Thompson’s spontaneity is always channeled into pictures
so carefully and elegantly composed that nothing is irrelevant, nothing
wasted. Even the most outrageous feel somehow understated ... If there’s a sensibility
that connects Thompson’s photographs, it’s flexible, nimble, fearless,
and hard to define except as consummate skill”.
Thompson began his career as an assistant to Irving Penn after training
at the Brooks Institute of Photography in California. His father was a
studio photographer in Washington State. Thompson now photographs
regularly for W, Details, Allure, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair,
GQ and The New York Times Magazine. His commercial photography has
placed him at the top of his profession and includes noteworthy
campaigns for the Gap, Elizabeth Arden, Chanel, and the PDN Award winner “I Am
African.” His award-winning television commercials include those for
the fragrance,“Lovely” by Sarah Jessica Parker (winner of the 2006 FiFi
Award for Best National Advertising Campaign -Television), the “Frank
Gehry Collection” for Tiffany, and a PSA for “The American Ballet
The artist lives and works in New York.