“On hand for his first ever exhibition in Asia, he discloses the outline of his upcoming book on Cabbagetown. Between scenes of tenderness and violence, dilapidation and poetry, images of children and musical ballade, he consistently uses the same freedom of approach, in the formats and contrasts, the treatment of light and texture, framings, short sequences and individual images. It’s a nice look back over his first works as a junior photographer, in which the reading is already perfectly identifiable.”

about the artist

Michael Ackerman

Since his first exhibition, in 1999, Michael Ackerman has made his mark by bringing a new, radical and unique approach. His work on Varanasi, entitled "End Time City," breaks away from all sorts of exoticism or any anecdotal attempt at description, to question time and death with a freedom granted by a distance from the panoramic – whose usage he renewed – to squares or rectangles. In black and white, with permanent risk that led him to explore impossible lighting, he allowed the grainy images to create enigmatic and pregnant visions. Michael Ackerman seeks – and finds – in the world he traverses, reflections of his personal malaise, doubts and anguish. He received the Nadar Award for his book "End Time City" in 1999, and the Infinity Award for Young Photographer by the International Center of Photography in 1998. (text from l’Agence Vu website)