Michael Wesely

Michael Wesely

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.


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