Michael Nathaniel Meyer finds photography provides both a reason to wander widely and an opportunity to look closely, to stare at the world. It is an opportunity to examine how lives interconnect, how ideas converge and bounce off of one another, and how the world is changing moment by moment. He immerses himself in the flow of time: pulling out fragments for examination and remixing them into a semblance of his world.
Meyer was born and raised in Auburn, Maine. He studied photography at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating, Michael taught photography workshops for in-school and after-school youth programs throughout New York City as well as adult photography classes at the Educational Alliance Art School (founded in 1905, artists associated with the school include Chaim Gross, Ben Shahn and Moses Soyer). More recently, his professional career has been commercially oriented; he is the creative force behind the studio Picture More Business, which counts among its clients Citi, Dow Jones, Harman, LVMH, Sony/ATV and Wacoal.
Concurrent with his commercial career, he has carried on quietly creating personal projects and publishing them as limited edition artist books. These projects allow him to engage freely with photography’s potential. Recent projects include: “we make to ourselves pictures of facts,” a slim volume that applies ideas from Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus in an extended photographic essay, and “Under Long Shadows,” a book of brooding street photographs about the interlinking shadows of history, consumer culture and the ever present threat of annihilation that hang over Seoul, South Korea. He is currently working on a second (lighter) book of photographs of Seoul examining how still images can be used to limn the outline of a dynamic space for which there is no singular truth and facts are transient.