All photos/art by Michael Zide
In the world of black and white landscape photography, Michael Zide has a most selective eye. He possesses that rare quality of artful seeing, bringing his sensitivity to gesture and mood to every image. Sensual and tactile, his work elicits a visceral response that draws the viewer in, demanding a second look, a more thoughtful response. His personal vision began as a child after the otherworldly experience of waking to find a luminous blanket of snow covering his Southern California home. That first snowfall set in motion both the search for a view of equal enchantment, as well as a visual memory in search of meaning.
Not surprisingly, many of his photographs are inspired by the striking drama of winter ice and snow transforming the New England landscape.
Over the past 30 years, Michael Zide’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries both nationally and internationally. His landscape photography has been featured in magazines such as Silvershotz, Black and White, Today’s Photographer, Fotomagazine and Photo/Design, while manufacturers of the finest digital coffee table books such as Graphistudios and Asukabook continue to use collections of his work to show off the lush tones of their printing processes. His landscape photographs are held in private, corporate, and museum collections.
Selected as a Master of Moab fine art imaging, Michael Zide’s work is printed on Moab fine art printing papers and exhibited at industry shows and galleries. He is sponsored by Manfrotto, (formally Bogen Imaging) and by Canon Pixma Pro-1 digital ink jet printers. His photos have been used to advertise Schneider large format lenses, Sinar Bron large format view cameras, Mitsubishi photographic printing papers, Polaroid Corporation instant imaging, Millers Imaging, and MPix digital printing services. Michael speaks about personal vision at PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, The Event Space (B&H Photo) and other venues.
Michael Zide divides his time between teaching at Hallmark Institute of Photography, Maine Media Workshops and from his studio in Amherst, Massachusetts. As a mentor and teacher, he encourages his students to develop their personal vision and create photographs that speak from the heart as well as the mind. For additional info visit www.michaelzide.com