Michael A. Wise, Photographer
Michael Wise developed an eye for taking unique photos as a young child in Newcomerstown, Ohio when his aunt Doris gave him an old Kodak Brownie camera. His professional career in photography began in the year 2000, turning his lifelong hobby and love for the photographic arts into a thriving professional pursuit. Since 2000, he has been granted exclusive photo shoots with various celebrities from the outrageously funny and outspoken Margaret Cho to The Honorable Richard Gephardt. His photos have been featured on both public and network television and have also appeared on the pages of numerous magazines and newspapers around the world, such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The London Times.
A series of four photographs from September 11, 2001 simply entitled "9/11" has become part of the permanent collection of the New York Public Library, New York, NY after a two-year tour in the September 11 Photo Project. A collection of Mr. Wise's photographic work entitled "The Neighborhood" is on permanent exhibition throughout the Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters in Washington, DC and a smaller collect, entitled "The Neighborhood Too" can be seen in the Beacon Sky Bar. A large collection of Michael's work is also showcased throughout the St. Gregory Luxury Hotel & Suites, including its Presidential Suite.
When asked to make a simple statement about his photography, Michael said a quote from American photographer and writer Diane Arbus about her own work sums it up completely - "I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them."
Select Professional and Artistic Activities
Artistic and Freelance Photographer; Member of the National Press Photographers Association; Member of Society of Sport and Event Photographers; Photographic Editor/Photographer for Window Media LLC/Washington Blade; Staff Photographer for Sports Club/LA at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC; Past Officer of the Data Processing Management Association, Washington, DC (a.k.a. Association of Information Technology Professionals); Co-Founder of Ariodante Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Co-Founder of WorldWideGallery, Washington, DC; Co-Founder of Almond Didier, Washington, DC; Eleven-year Participating Artist & Honoree, Art for Life, Whitman-Walker, Washington, DC.
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