Michael Jackson

LUMINOGRAMS AND POPPIT SANDS

Michael Jackson (b.1966) is an experimental photographer based in North Dorset, England. He studied art at West Dean College in Sussex, then apprenticed under landscape painter Christopher W Baker and later discovered his passion for photography. He moved away from working with traditional camera techniques in 2015 and is currently progressing the Luminogram process into new directions in which he has become regarded as a leading practitioner.

His work has been exhibited internationally and is part of various private and museum collections including The National Art Gallery in Washington, USA.

About the work

Michael Jackson’s Luminograms are a very special piece of photographic art. Not a photograph in itself but a creative medium of its own. Each one is meticulously crafted by Michael in his darkroom. There are many structured stages to go through before the photographic paper can be hand developed and permanently fixed. Once Michael is happy with a finished Luminogram print it’s then toned in Selenium, which not only intensifies the prints tonality, but also increases the prints archival quality. Traditional photographic darkroom printing techniques have an unquestionable pedigree when it comes to the life expectancy of a photograph.

Each Luminogram is unique and only one silver gelatin print is produced of each image.

The images reveal themselves with a 3D quality; viewed in the flesh the abstracted surreal forms within the paper come alive to the viewer.

Michael Jackson’s Luminograms were exhibited for the first time at MMX Gallery in 2016; The Self Representation of Light exhibition and the following year at Photo London 2017.

Recently, the luminogram work was paired with theologian Edwin A. Abbott in a book published by 21st Editions, titled after the author’s famous work ‘FLATLAND’ and premiered in November at the Grand Palais in Paris, for Paris Photo 2017.

“A true avant-garde of photography, he is on his way to becoming one of the most renowned contemporary fine art photographers” – Lomography Magazine

EXHIBITIONS

2018 PHOTOEYE GALLERY, SANTA FE, Light + Metal. July 27 – September 22
2018 CANDELA GALLERY, RICHMOND VA, UNBOUND 7
2018 PHOTO LONDON, MMX Gallery
2018 PAPER NEGATIVES, DUNCAN MILLER GALLERY, LA.
2018 AIPAD, New York, 21st Editions
2018 ARLIS/NA, New York
2018 Classic Photographs LA, Los Angeles, KLOMPCHING Gallery
2017 PARIS-PHOTO, 21st Editions
2017 EAB Fair, New York, 21st Editions
2017 PHOTO LONDON, MMX Gallery
2016 ‘The Self Representation of Light’, MMX Gallery, London (SOLO)
2016 South Korea, Seoul
2015 Oriel y Parc Tower, Pembrokeshire National Park Centre (SOLO)
2015 Vancouver
2015 Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, New York
2015 ‘Monochrome’ French Institute in Edinburgh
2015 OPEN:2015 – PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont, USA (Directors Award Winner)
2013 Beetles & Huxley Gallery, London (SOLO, Poppits Sands)
2013 Beetles & Huxley Gallery, London, (Poppit Sands)
2013 Chris Beetles Gallery, London (Poppit Sands)
2011 (as part of Hasselblad Masters Tour) Hasselblad Studio – London,
Siren Studios – Los Angeles,
ShootNYC – New York,
Delight Studios – Berlin,
Beijing – 798 Space.
2010 Art At, Wales
2009 Taikog Place, Hong Kong
2009 The DASK Gallery, Copenhagen
2009 MILK Studio, New York
2009 Art At , Wales

AWARDS

2013 The Chris Beetles Award, London
2010 Hasselblad Masters Award Finalist ‘Poppit Sands’
2009 Hasselblad Masters Award Finalist ‘Poppit Sands’
2008 Hasselblad Masters Award Finalist ‘Poppit Sands’

SELECTED PRESS

Creative ReviewSCULPTING WITH LIGHT IN THE CREATION OF LUMINOGRAMS
MonoVisionsTHE SELF REPRESENTATION OF LIGHT
LomographyTHE PARAMOUNT OF LIGHT IN ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: LUMINOGRAMS OF MICHAEL JACKSON
Hi FructoseMICHAEL JACKSON’S LUMINOGRAMS CAPTURE ABSTRACT DISPLAYS OF LIGHT
The Od ReviewMIKE JACKSON & THE AGE OF LIGHT
The Financial TimesANALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY’S ARTISTIC RENAISSANCE

“Far from being an exercise in nostalgia, this analogue technique offers Jackson, as it does other artists at the cutting edge of this art movement, a path to the future.” – The Financial Times

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POPPIT SANDS

These photographs were taken over an eight year period on Poppit Sands beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Working with abstraction and detail these images formed a vital part of Jackson’s next venture when he began experimenting with the Luminogram process.
The Poppit Sands series won Jackson awards and accolades including being named a Finalist for the Hasselblad Masters Award (2008, 2009, 2010)

Poppit Sands, 2011-2014
Silver Gelatin prints
7.5 x 7.5 inches/ 19 x 19 cm approx.
A selection of 9 prints of 21, Edition 1/15

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“I went there one evening and just by chance there was a low tide. I took a batch of photos and once I developed them at home I saw a certain light and a certain type of picture that I had never managed to get before. When I figured out what the ingredients were, it was the low tide and the sunset that made the pictures. That only happens about three times every fortnight, so the time is precious.” – Mike G Jackson