Category Archives: News

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


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

Back to Printmaking

An 8-month hiatus from the printmaking studio was a bit too long. Happy to get back to etching plates.
This photo etching here, originally photographed in Costa da Caparica (Portugal) in the Fall, proved difficult in transposing to a plate. Rather than trash, I overpainted it with watercolor. Food for thought moving forward.

Michael Ast, Costa da Caparica, Portugal, photo etching, photopolymer, intaglio, printmaking, overpainting, watercolor, analog photography

Costa da Caparica (overpainted photo etching) © Michael Ast, 2017

“a musing from the rocking dock” Book Signing, Lisbon Photobook Fair this Weekend

I will be signing copies of my latest photobook a musing from the rocking dock this Saturday, 4:00 pm (11/26) at publisher The Unknown Book’s table during the Lisbon Photobook Fair in Portugal.

This is Lisbon’s 7th annual book fair, I’m excited to receive the invite and visit the great city for the first time.

Michael Ast, photobook, a musing from the rocking dock, book signing, The Unknown Books, photobook fair, LIVRO DE FOTOGRAFIA DE LISBOA

7th Annual Lisbon Photobook Fair, Nov. 25 – 27th, 2016

Yale Acquires Indie Photobook Library

Michael Ast, Indie Photobook Library, Yale Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, self-publishing, independent publishing, independent publishers, photobook, permanent collection, Baltimore

Trying to Find the Ocean (Indie Photobook Library, 2014)

Amazing news! The Indie Photobook Library’s collection of more than 2,000 photo-based publications produced by self-publishers and independent imprints are now permanently collected in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. I’m pleased to have my first photobook “Trying to Find the Ocean” and a few curated publications make up a small part of this permanent collection, and elated as well for many fellow photographers. As a self-publisher and dedicated supporter of indie-run publishers, it goes with great honor to hear such institutions respect the immense time, creative energy and insight we employ to keep visual language at the foreground of our culture. A giant thank you and congratulations to Larissa Leclair for commanding IPL’s ambitions and accomplishments in making a global initiative reach such fruition!

News Article Here

A Musing from the Rocking Dock – Published

a musing from the rocking dock is now available for purchase through publisher The Unknown Books.
A pre-sale with free worldwide shipping is being offered through Wednesday, September 28.

Visit The Unknown Books for more information & details

Michael Ast, the unknown books, a musing from the rocking dock, photobook, published

Float Photo Magazine – “Failure” Exhibition

Happy to have a photo etching from my “Kinsey” series featured in the mix of Float Magazine’s latest exhibition “Failure”.

View Exhibition: FLOAT MAGAZINE

“Double Life” Exhibition & Book, Oranbeg Press (September, 2016)

Oranbeg Press, exhibition, Double Life, Michael Ast, John O'Toole, photography, day to day grind

“Double Life” © Oranbeg Press, September, 2016

Excited to be featured in this great mix of photographers for Oranbeg Press’ latest exhibit “Double Life”, to be released as a book at the NY Art Book Fair (9/16 – 9/18/16). John O’Toole prompted submission responses from artists with the thesis, “When you hit the snooze button and think just 5 more minutes. The day after day grind that a lot of us walk along. Split between the livelihood and the passion.” As always, John has an uncanny eye for curating his exhibits and publications. Double Life is now live on his Oranbeg Press website . . . The book is being printed in an edition of 100, and will be for sale at Oranbeg’s table at NYABF.


Oranbeg Press, Double Life, photobook, photography exhibition, Michael Ast

Double Life, © Oranbeg Press, September, 2016

Just Waiting on the Covers . . . a musing from the rocking dock

This just in from the press floor. Waiting on the embossed covers to come in to complete fabrication of “a musing from the rocking dock”.

Edition of 100, published by The Unknown Books.

Publication date: September, 2016

a musing from the rocking dock

Michael Ast, photobook, publishing, on press, HP Indigo

“a musing from the rocking dock”, On Press @ La Imprenta CG, Spain © 2016