Germany - 1963
Michael Wesely is a contemporary German photographer. His pioneering techniques have allowed him to capture uniquely long exposures of cities, architecture, still lifes, interiors, and portraits. Wesely uses a special pin-hole camera to create his photographs, which are concerned with ideas of temporality and ephemera, and present still images that literally embody the passage of time. “Time is more like the vehicle I use to arrive at images and photos,” he has explained. “The extreme length of exposure leads to a shift in perception. It’s no longer the motif alone that counts—that is often a more invisible than visible, merely looming presence. But peripheral conditions such as light, movement, and other atmospheric elements emerge differently as focal points.” Wesely has received several awards and honors for his work, including a 1995 scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD to produce photographs in the Netherlands, and a scholarship by the Free State of Bavaria for work in the US in 1999. In 2004, he was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York to produce a large-scale project titled the Open Shutter Project. Born in Munich, Germany in 1963, he now lives and works in Berlin, Germany.