Lives and works in Berlin – Germany.


Michael Wesely has born in Munich where he had studied Photography at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie. He is graduated by the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. He had participated on various international exhibitions such as on 25ª Sao Paulo’s Biennale. Wesely is best known for his photos of cities, architecture, landscapes, and still lives of flowers taken with a special ultra-long exposure technique.


Weseley controls the amount of light hitting the negative via filters and a small but standard aperture to allow an exposure to be extended for incredibly long periods of time. He is renowned for works commissioned by the MoMA in which he documents its expansion on single frames of film over the course of three years, leading to the monograph Open Shutter Project. Another project is the reconstruction of Potsdamer’s Platz on that occasion he had exposure the camera during two years. Wesely’s analogue technique has never been successfully replicated, and his extended exposures have led to a unique, compelling body of work. He believes his method will allow exposures up to forty years in duration.


Solo Shows

2017  Expedition, Casa Nova Arte, São Paulo

2012  Utopia Archive, The Brasilia Project (with Lina Kim), Stadthaus Ulm

2010  5th European Month of Photography: Long Time Exposures, Fahnmann Projects, Berlin

2010  Time Works, Galerie Nusser & Baumgart, Munich; Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin; Galeria Oscar Cruz, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2006  Encounter with Caspar David Friedrich, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

2004  Open Shutter Project, MoMA: Museum of Modern Art, New York


Selected Group Exhibitions

2012  Arsebale 2012, International Biennale

2012 – 2011Lichtfegüge. Das Licht in der Malerei un seine Folgen, Schloss Wilhelmshohe, Kassel

2011  Archiv Utopia: Das Brasilia-Projekt with Lina Kim, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel

2011  UNSCHARF. Nach Gerhard Richter (DISARM, inspired by Gerhard Richter), Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

2009  Video in Foco/Photo in Foco, Galeria Baro Cruz, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2008  Visite: From Gerhard Richter to Rebecca Horn, Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

2007  Spectacular City: Architekturfotografie, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf

2006  Arquivo Brasilia with Lina Kim, 9th Havana Biennale, Cuba

2005  After the Facts, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

2005  Berliner Zimmer, Nationalgalerie and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

2002  25th Biennale of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2002  Brasilia: Ruine und Utopie, Brasilia, Brazil