Michael James O'Brien 

Received BFA English Literature & Political Science, Kenyon College, 1969


Durham University, UK non-degree, 1967-68


BFA, MFA Photography Yale University, 1972

Studies with Walker Evans


Associate Professor (Photography) Kenyon College, 1973-1975;

Master class seminar, New School for Social Research, NYC, 1981



The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, GQ US,

GQ UK, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Vogue UK, L’Uomo Vogue, Interview,

Elle Décor, Departures, Travel + Leisure, CN Traveler UK,

Io Donna, Donna, Financial Times, Intelligent Life, Zoo,

Sang Bleu, The Guardian, Frieze, Eyemazing


Commercial Commissions:

Polo Ralph Lauren, Illy Caffe,

Penhaligon’s London, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Saks Fifth Avenue, Longchamps, Thierry Mugler, Piazza Sempione,Malo, TBWA, Ararat Cognac, Nautica, Bergdorf Goodman



Matthew Barney:

All still photography for Drawing Restraint 7, Cremaster 1,2,4,5. 1993-2003. This work has been shown at the Musee Moderne, Paris, 2002,Guggenheim NY, 2003 & throughout the world.



An accomplished & published poet O’Brien is editor- at-large of the print & online poetry magazine Verbal Abuse since 1993. He has read his work at Jackie 60, The Nuyorican, Bowery Poetry, Cabaret Magique,

The Groucho Club London, Society Club London.


Chez EsSaada: He was an owner of the restaurant /

Bar in NYC from 1997-2003.


Girlfriend; Men, Women & Drag; Photographs with text

by Holly Brubach was published by Random House in 2000.


Creative Director, Designers Against Aids, 2010;

Co-editor, Designers Against Aids; the First Decade,

Published by Ludion Press 2010



Contributing Editor, Departures Magazine


Solo photography exhibitions:

Exit Art, Assembling Gender, New York, 1994;

Galerie 213, Paris, 2004 & 2005;

Hermes, New York, 2006;

Joyce Gallery, Beijing, 2012;

Municipality of Istanbul, June 2013; Joyce Gallery, Hong Kong, September-November 2013;

Municipality of Istanbul, August 2014


Group exhibitions:

Noovo, Santiago de Compostello, 2007; Artphotoexpo, Art Miami/Basel curated by

Marion de Beaupre, 2007;

Indian Caps, Antwerp, 2010;

Galerie Emilie Dujat, Brussels, 2012, 2013

Holden Luntz, Palm Beach, Ongoing


Permanent Collections:

National Portrait Gallery, London;

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA;

Joyce Holdings, Beijing