Episode Nine features photographer Michael Halsband. He grew up in Manhattan and at age ten became interested in photography as a hobby after learning how to produce a print from start to finish. Michael pursued his passion and was accepted into the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Before graduating in 1981 he began photographing portraits for several magazines and thereafter worked with Interview, Avenue and Rolling Stone Magazine. This led to his becoming the tour photographer for The Rolling Stones.
During Michael’s career he worked with well know fashion brands, photographed icons and celebrities, published books, and documented the making of films. He continues to work with an 8 x 10 camera and personally processes and prints his work.
This episode shares with us a chapter in Michael’s interesting life. In 1985, while working for ArtNews magazine, Michael was assigned the job of photographing four artists, one being Andy Warhol. It was that friendship that led him on a journey traveling to Paris and Lisbon with Jean-Michel Basquiat.