Category Archives: News

Living Image Exhibition Catalogue, Exhibit Through October 29th, 2017

Halide Project, Living Imahes, photo catalogue, photography catalog, bw photography, analog photography, hand-printed, hand printed, Michael Ast, exhibition, photography exhibition, Gravy Studio, Philadelphia, photopolymer, gravure print, photo etching, printmaking, intaglio, etched, Hahnemuhle copperplate

Living Image Exhibition Catalogue © Halide Project, Oct. 2017

Immense gratitude to Philadelphia’s Halide Project and coordinator Frank C. Barbella. The respect shown to the selected photographers in the Living Image exhibition is something many organizations fail to demonstrate. It’s really an honor to be showcased by such passionate folks for the medium.

The juried analog photography exhibit is up through October 29th, 2017 at Gravy Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia.

New Zine Release – These Windows Are Tinted To Help You Sleep, Michael Ast (Sept. 2017)

Happy to announce the publication of my zine These Windows Are Tinted To Help You Sleep, printed in an edition of 50. Now available.

Info & Ordering

These Windows Are Tinted To Help You Sleep, Michael Ast, zine, Cuba, Vinales, road trip, low-fi, self-publish, photozine, black and white photography, visceral, stream of consciousness, driveby, tinted windows

Living Image Exhibition, Oct. 6 – 29, 2017, Gravy Studio (Philadelphia)

Excited to be one of the selected artists for this upcoming exhibition, showcasing my photo etchings at Gravy Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia.

Living Image, Halide Project, Gravy Studio, Gravy Gallery, Philadelphia, philaarts, analog photography, analog, printmaking, photo etching, photopolymer, photogravure, Michael Ast, photo exhibition, call for entry, The Print Center, John Caperton

“Juried from an international open call by John Caperton, the Jensen Bryan Curator of The Print Center, the works on view in Living Image demonstrate the breadth, depth, and delight of contemporary analog photography. Showcasing an array of traditional and alternative photographic methods, Living Image brings together artists from the region, across the county, and beyond.” (Halide Project)

Opening reception & juror talk on Saturday, Oct. 7, 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Exhibition runs from October 6 – Oct. 29, 2017.

These Windows Are Tinted To Help You Sleep – Proof Approved, Michael Ast

These Windows Are Tinted To Help You Sleep, zine, self publish, self-publish, Michael Ast, Vinales, Cuba, Havana, low-fi

New zine / proof. Some small changes made and the go ahead to print an edition of 50 on 100# smooth Mohawk paper has been approved. The images in These Windows Are Tinted To Help You Sleep were made during a bus trip to Viñales, Cuba, out a dark window, in an R.E.M. state of consciousness, after 4 long, hot Havana days and nights. An 85mm lens pressed against the window at f1.2. I like exploring and illustrating the psyche amid landscapes unknown.

More info and portfolio to come in coming days.

Interview with La Imprenta, August, 2017

Michael Ast, La Imprenta CG, Michael Ast interview

I interviewed with Spanish publisher and printer La Imprenta CG on behalf of their interview series with photographers published in their “Hello Photography” 2017 calendar. It’s Now featured on their blog.

The English translation can be read here: ENGLISH TRANSLATION

The image chosen for the month of August is from my photobook “a musing from the rocking dock”, which La Imprenta printed in September of 2016 on behalf of publisher The Unknown Books.

Original interview (Spanish): INTERVIEW at La Imprenta

Solo Exhibition of Photo Etchings at Rue Principale through August

I hung a show of my photo etchings this afternoon . . . . Happy to be a part of 187 Rue Principale’s environment, a farm-to-table, French-inspired restaurant in Emmaus, PA. The exhibition is on view through the month of August.

Print Info:
Hand-pulled photo etchings made from original photographs, utilizing the intaglio printing process of photopolymer gravure. Some prints incorporate a second “aquatint” etched plate.

All prints are made on Hahnemühle Cooperplate 300gsm paper.

Michael Ast, photo etchings, photopolymer grauvure, intaglio, printmaking, Bucks County, Emmaus, Lehigh County, photography exhibition, one man show, prints, printmakier

Photo Etchings, Solo Exhibition at 187 Rue Pricipale, August, 2017 © Michael Ast

“Kinsey” Portfolio Featured on Phosmag

“KINSEY” portfolio in the works featured on Phosmag:

KINSEY at Phosmag

Kinsey is an ongoing series of hand-pulled photo etchings and photographs made at an abandoned, pre-Prohibition whiskey distillery and industrial warehouse park. The sight lies within a 10-mile emergency planning zone of the Limerick Nuclear Generation Facility in Limerick, Pennsylvania. I’m drawn to the dichotomy of the century-old, bygone facilities, and those relentlessly churning in the immediate distance.

The industrial park, with all its ephemeral detail of desertion, has intimations of destruction, chaos and ominous occurrences. From decayed, imploding rooftops, Limerick’s cooling towers are seen billowing out steam over old neighborhoods and new suburban developments. Imagination turns frail upon such viewing from the grounds of ruin.

Historically, I choose to understand little about the environment’s transitions and decline. Instead, I’m acting on a consciousness taunted by harrowing evidence of neglect, to form images from foreboding thoughts. In that sense, Kinsey has little to do with documenting a place, and more with illustrating human anxiety in the wake of intangible record, hypothetical detritus, and utilities as far reaching as apocalyptic possibility.”

Michael Ast, Kinsey, hand-pulled photo etchings, printmaker, color bw photography, Phosmag, alternative printing, alternative photography, photographic arts

Trying to Find the Ocean at Urbanautica Institute, Italy

Trying to Find the Ocean, Michael Ast, Urbanautica Institute, photobook, self-publishing, black and white photography

Happy to have donated a copy of “Trying to Find the Ocean” to the recently inaugurated Urbanautica Institute, under the command of curator, editor and art director at large – Steve Bisson. U.I. has opened its doors in Asolo, Italy (just north of Venice), where Steve has transitioned his excellent art journal into a dedicated gallery, bookshop and library.

Check out Urbanautica HERE

a musing from the rocking dock – Dashwood Books

Signed copies of a musing from the rocking dock are now available at Dashwood Books, NYC.

a musing from the rocking dock, Michael Ast, photobook, Dashwood Books

Look/Purchase

Calendar Feature – a musing from the rocking dock

Pleased to be featured in the Spain printing house La Imprenta’s 2017 “Hello Photography” calendar for the month of August.

Michael Ast, a musing from the rocking dock, August, Santa Barbara, Arroyo Beach

from “a musing from the rocking dock” (calendar / August) © La Imprenta, 2017