MICHAEL L. ABRAMSON  (1948-2011)

EDUCATION 

1974-77     Master of Science / Photography / Institute of Design / Illinois Institute of Technology / Chicago, IL

1966-70     Bachelor of Science/Economics / Wharton School of Business / University of Pennsylvania / Philadelphia, PA

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

1977-2011   Michael L. Abramson Photography, Inc. / Chicago, Illinois

1981-1983   Photography Instructor / Institute of Design / Illinois Institute of Technology / Chicago, Illinois

1977-1982   Photography Instructor / Columbia College / Chicago, Illinois

PORTFOLIOS

1975-1977   Nightclubs on Chicago’s South Side

1978            Ballrooms and Dance Halls, Chicago

1979            Festival Strip Club, Camera Night, Chicago

1983-2010   Freelance Documentary Photographs

1996             Indonesia

1996-2008   Global Capturing of Michael Jordan Image (Original photograph taken for Time Magazine, 1996)

2003            Cuba

GRANTS

1978-80       NEA Photography Award

EXHIBITIONS

2018

Michael Abramson Photography ((3/21-5/5) / MMX Gallery / London, England [Solo Exhibit]

Light on the South Side (1/12-2/ 24) / Benhadj & Djilali Galerie / Berlin, Germany [Solo Exhibit]

2017

Rock, Funk, & Punk   (6/10-8/27)  / Fotografie Forum / Frankfurt, Germany

2015

A Lasting Vision: Photographs of the Institute of Design 1970-2001 (7/31-8/14) / Chicago, IL [Group Show]

2014

Pulse of the Night: Photographs of Michael Abramson (9/2-12/19) / Museum of Contemporary Photography / Chicago, IL [Solo Exhibit]

Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 (5/18-9/1) / Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts / Madison, WI [Group Show]

2011

Salon Collections Exhibit (5/5-8/15) / Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL [Group Show]

2008

Made in Chicago / (10/18/08-1/4/09)  From the LaSalle Bank of America  Collection / Chicago, IL [Group Show]

Photographers of Chicago / Chicago Cultural Center / Chicago, IL [Group Show]

2004 

Superhits of the 70’s: Photographs from the Collection (10/8-1/2/05) / Milwaukee Art Museum / Milwaukee, WI [Group Show]

Photographs of Cuba: Michael Abramson (Spring) / Catholic Theological Union / Chicago, IL [Solo Exhibit]

1989

Seein’ the Blues / Chicago Film Makers / Chicago, IL [Group Show]

1987

Stepping Out / Art Institute of Chicago / Chicago, IL [Group Show]

1983

Photography of Michael Abramson / Museum of Contemporary Photography / Chicago, Illinois [Solo Exhibit]

Five-Years at Creative Photography / Creative Photography Gallery / Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Cambridge, Ma. [Group Show]

1981

Chicago Photography / California Museum of Photography /Riverside, CA

1980

Gallery Artists / Zolla Lieberman Gallery / Chicago, IL [Group Show]

The New Vision: 40 Years of Photography at the Institute of Design / Chicago Cultural Center / Chicago, IL [Group Show]

1979

Michael Abramson / Zolla Lieberman Gallery / Chicago, IL [Solo Exhibit]

Photography of Michael Abramson / Milwaukee Art Museum / Milwaukee, WI [Solo Exhibit]

Michael Abramson Photography / Cincinnati Academy of Art / Cincinnati, OH [Solo Exhibit]

1978

Permanent Collection Exhibit (Michael Abramson) / Milwaukee Art Museum / Milwaukee, WI [Group Show]

COLLECTIONS

Art Institute of Chicago / Chicago, Illinois

Creative Photography Gallery / Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Cambridge, Massachusetts

California Museum of Photography / Riverside, California

Madison Art Center / Madison, Wisconsin

Museum of Contemporary Photography / Columbia College / Chicago, Illinois

Milwaukee Art Museum / Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Chicago Historical Society / Chicago, Illinois

Smithsonian Institution / Washington, DC

PRINT PUBLICATIONS

2018

Men Photographing Women in the 70s / Hoxton Mini Press (Release date of June, 2018) / London, England [Solo Artist]

2017

Chicago: Classic Photographs  (Perv’s House - Chicago, 1976) / City Files Press / Chicago, IL, p 132

2016

The Oxford American, Southern Music Issue (Pervs House - Chicago, 1976)  Vol.18, / Little Rock, AR, p. 9

2015

A Lasting Vision: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1970-2001 (Pepper’s Hideout – Chicago, 1976) Illinois Institute of Technology Press / IL, p. 26

Gotta Go, Gotta Flow / CityFiles Press / Chicago, IL [Solo Artist]

2009

Light On the South Side / The Numero Group Recording Co. / Chicago, Illinois [Solo Print Artist]

2004

Miniature Rooms: The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago (2nd Ed.) 1984 / Hudson Hill Press / Manchester, VT / Photographs by Kathleen Culbert-Aguilar and Michael Abramson 

1983

Miniature Rooms: The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago (1st Edition) / Abbeville Press / New York, NY Photographs by Kathleen Culbert-Aguilar and Michael Abramson 

1982

The New Vision, Forty Years of Photograph at the Institute of Design / Aperture; First Edition (April 1982) / Millerton, NY

VISUAL MEDIA

2017        The Chi (South side photographs featured in bar scenes) / Showtime Original Series / Chicago, IL

2012        The History of Soul Music: Five Key Cities / VH1 Special Programming / Los Angeles, CA

PRINT MEDIA

1983-2010

Freelance Photography Publication Outlets

Periodicals

Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, Travel and Leisure, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, Discover, Stern, Der Spiegel, Panorama, Le Point, Harpers, Barrons, Bloomberg Markets, Smithsonian Air & Space, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Money, Inc. Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Smart Money, US News and World Report, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Chief Executive, Business 2.0, Ms Magazine, Bloomberg

Corporations/Institutions

Bayer, Miles Laboratories, Whirlpool, Northern Trust Bank, AM International, Northwestern University, Mitsubishi, Sears, Square D, Herman Miller, Zebra Technology,Warner Lambert.

AWARDS

2009     

Grammy Nominee (Best Packaging) / Light on the South Side (Photographs by Michael Abramson) / Numero Group Recording Co. Chicago, IL.