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Artist Bio: Michael Honegger is a visual artist born in Germany with a B.A. in History & Spanish from Duke University, a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Professional Certificate in Visual Arts from Maine Media College. His practice as a fine art and documentary photographer explores the performative nature of self-portraiture, the complexities of memory and family and an investigation of the ironies of American culture with an expatriate’s eye. He has exhibited his work in numerous juried group shows throughout the United State and Europe including the Center for Fine Art Photography, Photo Place Gallery, A.Smith Gallery, the Southeast Center for Photography and P.H. 21 Gallery among others. His documentary project on the refugee crisis on the island of Lesvos, Greece in 2015 was widely published in major European newspapers and by Amnesty International in their initial press release on the crisis. The Economist and The Guardian have also published his images. He currently resides in Nice, France and has lived in France for the past 14 years.

Artist Statement: Photography is a first love and second career for me. I spent my first career traveling the globe working on international development projects for the Peace Corps and other international organizations. Having worked on long-term assignments abroad, I developed a keen eye for the cultures and people where I worked. My one regret is that I never had the time to record some of those early images and experiences on film. My second career as a visual artist began with intensive studies of black & white and alternative photographic processes at Maine Media College. I have also studied under a number of well-known contemporary photographers in the United States and Europe. I am now a practicing photographer in Nice, France and have expanded my photographic repertoire to include fine art, documentary photography and alternative processes.

Exhibitions and Awards:

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juried Group Show, “Self & Family”, Online Gallery, August-November, 2019, Jurors: Dana Stirlina & Yoav Freidlander

A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juried Group Show, “Portal”, September/October 2019, Juror: Ann Jastrab

Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Juried Members Group Show, January, 2019, Juror: Polly Gaillard

University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, IXNOS Exhibition on Refugee Migration on the Island of Lesvos, Greece, October-December, 2018, Curators Mary Snell and Judith Allen-Efstathiou

Featured photograph at YourDailyPhotograph.com, “Bittersweet Harlequins”, October 26, 2018

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juried Group Show, “Portraits”, January, 2018, Juror: Paul Martineau

Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Juried Group Show, “Portraits”, November, 2017, Juror: Joyce Tenneson

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juried Group Show, “Photography as Response”, October, 2017, Juror: Christy Havranek

Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Juried Group Show, “Architectural”, April, 2017, Juror: Tillman Crane

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juried Group Show, “Dreams”, November, 2016, Juror: Jennifer DeCarlo

PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, Juried Group Show, “Stories”, July, 2015, Juror: Zsolt Batori

PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juried Group Show, “Alternative Processes”, July, 2015, Juror: Amy Holmes George

Gallery 136 1/2 at PhotoSynthesis, Manchester, CT, Juried Group Show, “Alternative Processes”, June, 2015, Juror: Jill Enfield

PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juried Group Show, “Water: Elemental & Fundamental”, Online Gallery, 2014, Juror: Laura Moya

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juried Group Show, “Illusion”, August, 2012, Juror: Terry Etherton

PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juried Group Show, “Seeing Myself, Seeing Others, The Art of the Portrait”, 2011, Juror: Andy Bloxham

PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juried Group Show, “The Poetry of Shadows”, Online Gallery, 2011, Juror: Christina Anderson

Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA, Juried Group Show, “Glimpses in Time”, 2009, Juror: Joyce Gordon