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Michael James O'Brien

United States Born in: 1960

Michael James O'Brien is a photographer, teacher, curator, poet, and activist 

Currently based in Atlanta, GA. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong, Antwerp, Istanbul, Liverpool, and Savannah GA. in addition to having worked in London's National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection. His work has been featured in publications like Rolling Stone, Vogue UK, The New Yorker, GQ, Eyemazing, Black & White Photography UK, The Guardian, The Financial Times among many others. He has been Editor-at-Large of Verbal Abuse, the poetry zine as well as Contributing Editor for Departures Magazine. 

His book Girlfriend; Men, Women, and Drag, with text by Holly Brubach, was published by Random House in English, French & Japanese in 2000. 

From 1900 to 2000 he did all the still photography for Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 7 as well as Cremaster 1,2,4 & 5 which were exhibited worldwide. 

For over 20 years, O'Brien was a member of ACTUP as well as a volunteer for GMHC and Terrence Higgins Trust UK. He was a co-producer of the Love Ball in NYC & Paris, which over the years raised more than $3million for people living with HIV/AIDS. 

He was the Creative Director for DAA/Designers Against Aids in 2011-12 and produced the Live Positive Campaign for the Flemish HIV Awareness organization, SENSOA in 2013.

O'Brien is based in Atlanta where he is the Chair of Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design/SCAD.

He is currently the Chair of the Advisory Council of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

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Michael James O'Brien, Still Life with a Green Glass, n.d., Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Still Life with a Green Glass, n.d., 2014
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$6,000

Michael James O'Brien, Still Life with a Beaded Corset by Mr. Pearl, Paris, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Still Life with a Beaded Corset by Mr. Pearl, Paris, 2007
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$6,000

Michael James O'Brien, Still life with a Stuffed Parrot, Paris 2010, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Still life with a Stuffed Parrot, Paris 2010, 2014
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$6,000

Michael James O'Brien, Dorian Corey, Wigstock, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Dorian Corey, Wigstock, NYC, 1992
60 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$10,000

Michael James O'Brien, Miss Guy, NYC (Extra Large), Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Miss Guy, NYC (Extra Large), 1992
80 x 60 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$16,000

Michael James O'Brien, Tabboo! (Stephen Tasjian), NYC (Extra Large), Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Tabboo! (Stephen Tasjian), NYC (Extra Large), 1992
80 x 60 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$16,000

Michael James O'Brien, Lavinia Co-op, NYC (Extra Large), Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Lavinia Co-op, NYC (Extra Large), 1992
80 x 60 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$16,000

Michael James O'Brien, Kabuki Starshine, Wigstock, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Kabuki Starshine, Wigstock, NYC, 1992
60 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$10,000

Michael James O'Brien, Lady Bunny, Wigstock, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Lady Bunny, Wigstock, NYC, 1992
60 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$10,000

Michael James O'Brien, Ebony Jet (Girlfriend), NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Ebony Jet (Girlfriend), NYC, 1992
60 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$10,000

Michael James O'Brien, Constance (Girlfriend), NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Constance (Girlfriend), NYC, 1992
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$5,000

Michael James O'Brien, Tabboo! Wigstock, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Tabboo! Wigstock, NYC, 1992
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$5,000

Michael James O'Brien, LaHoma Van Zandt, (Girlfriend) NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

LaHoma Van Zandt, (Girlfriend) NYC, 1992
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$5,000

Michael James O'Brien, Butch Chanel: John, Robert and Michael, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Butch Chanel: John, Robert and Michael, NYC, 1992
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$5,000

Michael James O'Brien, Jem Jender, Studio, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Jem Jender, Studio, NYC, 1992
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$5,000

Michael James O'Brien, Joey Arias Channeling Billie Holiday, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Joey Arias Channeling Billie Holiday, NYC, 1992
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$5,000

Michael James O'Brien, The Ides of March (Diptych), n.d. Large, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

The Ides of March (Diptych), n.d. Large, 2020
40 x 60 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$14,000

Michael James O'Brien, The Last Sea, (Skull, Brandon), Diptych, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

The Last Sea, (Skull, Brandon), Diptych, 2020
30 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Michael James O'Brien, O, Hyacinthus (Diptych), Photography

Michael James O'Brien

O, Hyacinthus (Diptych), 2013
30 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Michael James O'Brien, In the Evening (Diptych), n.d., Photography

Michael James O'Brien

In the Evening (Diptych), n.d., 2020
30 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Michael James O'Brien, Still Life, Portfolio of 8 photographs, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Still Life, Portfolio of 8 photographs, 2014
44 x 68 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$17,000

Michael James O'Brien, Girlfriend, Portfolio of 9 photographs, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Girlfriend, Portfolio of 9 photographs, 1992
66 x 51 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$17,000

Michael James O'Brien, JoJo America, Wigstock, NYC, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

JoJo America, Wigstock, NYC, 1992
36 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$5,000

Michael James O'Brien, One Afternoon at Four O'clock (Diptych), Large, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

One Afternoon at Four O'clock (Diptych), Large, 2020
40 x 60 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$14,000

Michael James O'Brien, Lycidas (Diptych), n.d. Large, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Lycidas (Diptych), n.d. Large, 2020
40 x 60 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$14,000

Michael James O'Brien, Tantalus (Diptych), Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Tantalus (Diptych), 2020
30 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Michael James O'Brien, The Fall of Icarus (Diptych), Large, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

The Fall of Icarus (Diptych), Large, 2020
40 x 60 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$14,000

Michael James O'Brien, Broken Myth (Diptych), Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Broken Myth (Diptych), 2020
30 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Michael James O'Brien, Golden Days (Diptych), Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Golden Days (Diptych), 2020
30 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Michael James O'Brien, Campidoglio (Diptych), Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Campidoglio (Diptych), 2020
30 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Michael James O'Brien, Paul (Diptych), NYC, n.d, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

Paul (Diptych), NYC, n.d, 2020
30 x 40 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$7,000

Michael James O'Brien, In Spite of dreams (Diptychs), Portfolio of 6 photographs, Photography

Michael James O'Brien

In Spite of dreams (Diptychs), Portfolio of 6 photographs, 2020
60 x 60 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$15,000

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