Michael Somoroff

Michael Somoroff was born in 1957 in New York City, where he studied art and photography at the New School for Social Research.

Somoroff opened his first photographic studio in 1978 and shortly thereafter worked for every major magazine in Europe and New York.

His style was strongly influenced by his father, the advertising photographer, Ben Somoroff. Alexey Brodowitch motivated Somoroff to acquire a style with more avant-garde impulses, by challenging him and his classmates to show him something he had never seen before. With this in mind, Somoroff managed to photograph famous as well as diverse models such as Helmut Newton, Herbert Grönemeyer, or Brassaï.

Apart form the successful photographic career, Michael Somoroff has turned more and more to visual art in recent years, which he, a student of Kabbalah, describes as a “spiritual practice.” Thus, he deals with religious issues, such as the Jewish practice of prayer or the parting of the Red Sea often in a sculptural sense; depicting images void of objects.

The artist has had many exhibitions, including solo shows at the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne (2008), the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in the USA (2007), and the Feroz Gallery in Bonn in 2013.

He also participated in group exhibitions, among others, at the Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston (2004), the Westwood Gallery in New York (2003), and at various Photokina-faris in Cologne. He was honored with the Mobius Award (1992) and the AICP Gold Metal (1994; 1996) of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where he is also included in the public collection.

Michael Somoroff lives and works in New York City.


Recent and upcoming museum exhibitions

Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Absence of Subject (Somoroff and Sander)
February 13 −April 6, 2014

Selected publications

Michael Somoroff
Two Crowns of the Egg
Published by: Damiani, 2014
ISBN: 978-8862083539

William Ewing (Ed.)
A Moment: Master Photographers. Portraits by Michael Somoroff
Published by: Damiani, 2012
ISBN: 978-8862082112

Information on shows at the gallery

2012 Download PDF (de) (only available in German language)