Michael Dweck

Available Art by Michael Dweck

Dave and Pam in their Caddy by Michael Dweck

Dave and Pam in their Caddy – Michael Dweck

Adriana at the Panoramic View by Michael Dweck

Adriana at the Panoramic View – Michael Dweck

Surf’s Up by Michael Dweck

Surf’s Up – Michael Dweck

About Michael Dweck

Michael Dweck

 

Michael Dweck is an award-winning photographer, who got his start working in advertising before turning his hand to fine art. His status saw him become the first living photographer to be given a solo exhibit at Sotheby’s New York, and he has also made two feature-length documentary films.

Best known for his images of surfing culture in Montauk, Michael Dweck’s work is widely recognized for its sensuality and style, often shot in stark monochrome. Discover our collection of Michael Dweck photographs for sale here at ArtLife, or read on to learn more about his life and work.

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Dave and Pam in their Caddy by Michael Dweck

Dave and Pam in their Caddy – Michael Dweck

Adriana at the Panoramic View by Michael Dweck

Adriana at the Panoramic View – Michael Dweck

Surf’s Up by Michael Dweck

Surf’s Up – Michael Dweck

Lilla Hula by Michael Dweck

Lilla Hula – Michael Dweck

Old Boards in Tony’s Backyard by Michael Dweck

Old Boards in Tony’s Backyard – Michael Dweck

Jessica and Kurt by Michael Dweck

Jessica and Kurt – Michael Dweck

Morning Surf By Michael Dweck

Morning Surf – Michael Dweck

Getting Wet By Michael Dweck

Getting Wet – Michael Dweck

Brittany and Julia By Michael Dweck

Brittany and Julia – Michael Dweck

Wave After the Storm By Michael Dweck

Wave After the Storm – Michael Dweck

Surf Dog By Michael Dweck

Surf Dog – Michael Dweck

Surf’s Up 16 By Michael Dweck

Surf’s Up 16 – Michael Dweck

Mermaid 15 By Michael Dweck

Mermaid 15 – Michael Dweck

Mermaid 18 By Michael Dweck

Mermaid 18 – Michael Dweck

Mermaid 18b Sapphire By Michael Dweck

Mermaid 18b Sapphire – Michael Dweck

Mermaid 30 By Michael Dweck

Mermaid 30 – Michael Dweck

Mermaid 41 By Michael Dweck

Mermaid 41 – Michael Dweck

Mermaid-105-Michael-Dweck

Mermaid 105 – Michael Dweck

Untitled (Natalie Riding Lance -1) By Michael Dweck

Untitled (Natalie Riding Lance -1) – Michael Dweck

Triple Gidget 2 By Michael Dweck

Triple Gidget 2 – Michael Dweck

The Duke’s Mermaid By Michael Dweck

The Duke’s Mermaid – Michael Dweck

Dear Doc Edgerton By Michael Dweck

Dear Doc Edgerton – Michael Dweck

UNDERWATER-ABSTRACTS-GRIDS (106 4 105 344 344 1 344 344 106) By Michael Dweck

Underwater Abstracts: 106 4 105 344 344 1 344 344 106 – Michael Dweck

UNDERWATER-ABSTRACTS-GRIDS (3s4a 3s1a 3s3a 3s5a) By Michael Dweck

Underwater Abstracts: 3s4a 3s1a 3s3a 3s5a – Michael Dweck

Lilla Hula by Michael Dweck

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957, Michael Dweck was given his first camera by his father at the age of 7, in order to take pictures of the 1964 World’s Fair, which took place across New York City. This kindled his interest in photography as a hobby, though his formal studies initially revolved around architecture. Attending the Pratt School in his native Brooklyn, he switched majors to fine art and communication, having been reprimanded for a jokey project in which he designed a house for KFC mascot Colonel Sanders.

On graduating at 22, Dweck continued his training at the New School for Social Research, where he further explored his passion for photography, as well as learning about the field of semiotics. These twin interests led to his initial ventures in advertising, founding his own agency, Michael Dweck & Co., in 1980, before partnering with Lori Campbell twelve years later to form Dweck & Campbell.

Michael Dweck conducted advertising work for print and film, with high-profile clients including MTV, Dial-A-Mattress, and Comedy Central. However, after winning several advertising awards, he and Campbell parted ways in 1999, eventually shutting up shop two years later. This allowed him to focus solely on his photography, spending most of 2002 gathering images for his first show and book, 2004’s The End. Dweck’s themes within this collection revolved around his interest in surfing, as well as the women who lived in the area.

Surf’s Up by Michael Dweck

The images in The End were designed to immortalize a period of time in the city’s history that was soon to end, with Dweck telling Forbes his aim was “to capture the way Montauk made me feel…I wanted that collection of images to freeze Montauk”. Prints of some of the photographs from The End have since sold for tens of thousands of dollars, though since its release, Dweck has expressed concern that the book has raised Montauk’s profile, hastening the changes he had feared would come to the city.

MICHAEL DWECK’S PHOTOGRAPHY

Following on from the more popular images in The End, Michael Dweck’s next project, 2008’s Mermaids took a more fantastical approach, depicting a series of nude women in water. The photographs were taken using underwater flash photography, a relatively new technique which occasionally required the artist to get into the water with his subjects.

Three years later, he followed it up with Habana Libre, an account of Cuba’s wealthy creative class, including the first photographs of Fidel Castro’s sons the family agreed to have taken. The book, and its accompanying show, had a hugely positive impact on life in Cuba, with Dweck telling Sotheby’s: “I keep in touch with a lot of the talented artists I met there, and they’ve said to me, ‘thank you for letting us out’. It shows you the power of art.”

In recent years, Michael Dweck has also begun working in the medium of film, having worked on his debut, 2018’s The Last Race for some five years before its release. The movie, which Dweck has described as “a cinematic portrait of a Long Island stock car track,” had its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, which also gave its follow-up, 2020’s The Truffle Hunters, its first screening. Both were met with typically rapturous critical response, and continue the themes of Michael Dweck’s photography as a time capsule for disappearing cultures.

Michael Dweck lives and works in Montauk and New York City.

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