Michael James O'Brien

Associate chair, photography


  • B.A., Kenyon College
  • B.F.A., Yale University
  • M.F.A., Yale University

Publications and Presentations

Publications and presentations:

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, Condé Nast 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;
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,  2003, and throughout the world.


Solo photography exhibitions:

  • Assembling Gender, Exit Art, New York, 1994
  • Galerie 213, Paris, 2004, 2005
  • Hermes, New York, 2006
  • Joyce Gallery, Beijing, 2011
  • Municipality of Istanbul, June 2013
  • Joyce Gallery, Hong Kong, September-November  2013
  • Municipality of Istanbul, August 2014
  • Eyeloco, Antwerp, February-March, 2015
  • Liverpool International Photography Festival, May 2015

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
  • Joyce Holdings, Beijing