“To develop a relationship with a specific place, with a piece of land, with a view, local trees and animals, the season and the weather, is a special thing,” said Michael Itkoff, photographer, writer, and educator.
Itkoff received his B.A from Sarah Lawrence College and his M.F.A. in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP/Bard. Featured in an assortment of magazines, his photographs have appeared on the covers of Orion, Katalog, Next American City, and Philadelphia Weekly.
Aside from photography, Michael Itkoff is also the founding editor of Daylight Magazine, and has written for the New York Times’ Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog, and the Forward.
Itkoff’s series called “Street Portraits” attracted a wide audience due to its clever, brilliant, and straightforward execution. He traveled to various cities around the world, only photographing locations that he found rich in complexity and culture. The subjects were photographed with a white card placed behind their heads to accentuate each person’s facial expression.
Throughout his career, Michael Itkoff has received a variety of awards for his creative artistry, including the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), and a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008).
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