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“Art saved my life.” is a phrase used by many successful artists. They attributed their work with leading them on a path that is very different from where they believe they would have been. Amherst landscape photographer Michael Zide has a more literal variation on the theme.
I met Michael Zide in 2007 when we both were teaching at Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, MA. I was struck by his friendly sense of humor and completely blown away by his stunning black and white landscape photography.
I interviewed Michael at his home in Amherst on a cold February morning. We talked over hot coffee and frozen waffles about making art, sources of inspiration, and life changing events that may have shaped who we are today. The story you are about to hear could be one of those events.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Michael moved to New England. On Martha’s Vineyard Island, Michael taught the art of black and white landscape photography while creating a body of work that has been featured in galleries from New York City to Los Angeles. His landscape work from the Vineyard and Western U.S. is in private, corporate, and museum collections. Commercial clients include Polaroid, Sinar Bron, Schneider Lens, Millers Professional Imaging, Graphistudios and Newsweek, to name a few. Founder of “Illuminated Ground” Tutorials and Workshops, Michael is a member of Moab fine art paper’s Master Photographers program and a Manfrotto Mentor. Michael’s landscape work has been widely published in such magazines as Black and White, Silvershotz, Today’s Photographer, and Photo/Design.
See more of Michaels photography at his website: michaelzide.com