Michael Gillispie Studios
"The goal is to document your day with spontaneous and beautiful images. "

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About Mike

Michael began his study of photography at an early age, providing photographs for a weekly newspaper throughout his high school years while also editing the school newspaper and presiding over the photography club. While studying in the Washington area with Joyce Tenneson and then Dale Quarterman at Virginia Commonwealth University, he worked in a publications group shooting in studio and on location, and began taking on commercial assignments.

Michael has lived throughout the country, working in a variety of editorial, advertising and commercial environments. While living in Southern California he shot weddings and portraits for an established studio. He returned to the classroom to teach in Colorado, and after moving back to the east coast did extensive editorial and product illustration work for national advertising and marketing campaigns and annual reports.

He is a photographer's photographer, with depth in both the creative and technical arenas that interact to define this hybrid art form. A master printer, Michael has remained an active darkroom and Zone System practitioner throughout the past three decades. His work with photographic manufacturers, most recently a decade long stint with AGFA, have included assignments throughout the US and Europe.

His fine art work has won numerous awards including selection by jurors from the Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art. He has mounted numerous exhibitions, most recently of his intimate images of Jazz greats. His work has been widely published by record companies, newspapers including The Washington Post, and magazines including JazzTimes and Down Beat.


Michael Gillispie Studios