I think it's happened over time… one thing I've done with photography is combined it with all other interests I have had in my life to experience or explore them to a greater depth and I think now, it's just come down to photography. – Michael Halsband

Born and raised in New York City, Michael Halsband discovered photography in the school darkroom at age 10 and, without a camera for the first year, made prints from negaBves of old family portraits. He received a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in 1980 and began making portraits of arBsts and musicians, including his most known and iconic portrait of Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat with boxing gloves. His early projects included six months as the tour photographer for The Rolling Stones on their 1981 “TaToo You” tour, as well as a six-year project documenBng the School of American Ballet. In 2005, Michael published “Surf Book,” a collecBon of his portraits of legendary surfers, and the culminaBon of a five-year project. He has exhibited naBonally and internaBonally, including his most recent solo exhibiBons, “Halsband Portraits,” in April 2015 at the NaBonal Arts Club, Grand Gallery in New York City, and a larger retrospecBve also Btled “Halsband Portraits,” at the Southampton Arts Center, NY, in November 2017. Michael published his second book, “Halsband Portraits,” as an accompaniment to the NaBonal Arts Club exhibiBon. He has also parBcipated in recent exhibiBons at Gagosian Gallery in London and at the presBgious Paris Photo. His work is included in museum collecBons: MoMA, New York; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh PA; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida; The Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York; The Watermill Center, New York; Museo Würth La Rioja, Spain; and the Sir Elton John CollecBon. Michael was the recipient of the Hasselblad Masters Award in 2002. He has also taught portrait photography at the School of Visual Arts since 2008, where he has been a board member and the Secretary/Treasurer of the School of Visual Arts Alumni Society since 2006, a not for profit for fundraising and awarding scholarships & grants to SVA students. He is currently conBnuing to make portraits in the studio he has lived and worked in since 1979.

While attending SVA in 1978, Halsband began professionally photographing portraits for magazine stories and covers. By his third year at SVA, he made enough money to buy his own studio. Some of the people he photographed at that time were: Andy Warhol, Bernice Abbott, David Byrne, Walter Stedding, Glenn Branca, Alan Vega, Bob Guccione, Klaus Nomi and Lydia Lunch and Eight Eyed Spy. Klaus Nomi's portrait was made in February of 1980, and was part of Halsband's senior thesis. Klaus showed up with the space-like outfit that had just been made by a costume designer. Nomi wanted Halsband to be the first to photograph him in that outfit because he loved Halsband's relentless attention to detail. After graduating from SVA in the spring of 1980, he and continued to work for magazines like Interview, Avenue and Rolling Stone, making portraits including Jim Carroll and Peter Tosh.

In summer of 1981, after several weeks on the road photographing James Brown, Halsband got an assignment to photograph Keith Richards for the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and consequently was asked by Mick Jagger to be The Rolling Stones tour photographer. Upon returning to New York City, he continued pursuing a career in fashion; something he had already been working toward during his time at SVA. He began working for Condé Nast which featured his work in GQ, Self, Vogue, House and Gardens, Glamour and Mademoiselle. In 1985, Halsband created his most iconic photograph, which became the poster of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat with boxing gloves for their collaborative exhibition. Halsband spent the next seven years photographing fashion and portraits for various magazines; making album covers for Iggy Pop, The Psychedelic Furs, INXS, Deee-Lite; worked on international ad campaigns for Gap and J.Crew, and created press kits for many designers including Calvin Klein and Adrian Vittadini. Throughout the entire experience, Halsband remained humble. He says;

"My heroes [are] sociologists and archaeologists; people who study our cultures – [they] all inspired me to flatten the whole thing and take the glamour out of it…It's about more than just famous people, since every photo sitting has to be on level ground, with no one having the upper hand. When I'm photographing, it is about letting what is: be…"

In 1986 Halsband began working on what would become a six-year project, underwritten by Danskin, photographing the School of American Ballet. Ballet was not something that initially interested Halsband, but he thought it was very intimate and high-action. It had to be the perfect movement in its perfect moment, in the perfect light; those were Halsband and SAB's standards. In 1991, he transitioned away from the SAB project into another five-year personal project on nudes and portraits of strippers and sex industry workers. He found there was a lot of repression within nude photography and wanted to be honest in his work. Over time, the sitters would come with their own clothing, slowly peeling them off, and revealing their own fantasies. It became self-portraiture on both sides of the camera.

In 1994, Halsband was hired directly by Al Pacino to document the making of his film, "Looking for Richard". That same year he began working with The Rolling Stones once again on their "Voodoo Lounge" tour. Additionally, after years of letter writing to the band's manager, Halsband was hired to photograph the promotions and advertising for one of his favorite bands: AC/DC. Consequently, he covered their entire Ball Breaker Tour from 1995-1996. In 1999, Halsband traveled to Cuba with Hunter S. Thompson and Johnny Depp for Rolling Stone magazine to document the trip. As a result, Halsband was written into Thompson's book, "Kingdom of Fear". In 2000, Halsband got the opportunity to work with AC/DC for a second time on their world tour: Stiff Upper Lip, while continuing to photograph album covers and direct music videos. In 2002, Halsband became a Hasselblad Master and became the recipient of the Telly Award for a TV commercial he directed entitled "Family Shot" for Neil Diamond's new record.

In summer of 2005, Halsband released a book entitled Surf Book. He began working on this project with surf legend Joel Tudor in 1999. The goal was to document the most technologically and spiritually influential people in surf culture. In addition to capturing still images of surf culture, Halsband began working on a surf film. The film, entitled "Surf Movie: Reels 1-14" released in 2003, was immediately embraced by the art world. The film has been shown in galleries and museums since its release. Additionally, a new surf film shot between 2002-2004 is currently in post-production. Since 2006, Halsband has been making portraits of artists, musicians, surfers and friends in his studio with an 8x10 Camera. Inspired by his daily yoga practice, and eastern philosophy he wanted to see the result from stripping away all pretense, and posturing on both sides of the camera, in attempt to achieve a pure portrait. The courage to do allow what is to be is the intention. Personally processing and printing his work is part of the tradition. "I think it's happened over time… one thing I've done with photography is combined it with all other interests I have had in my life to experience or explore them to a greater depth and I think now, it's just come down to photography"

In Spring 2011 a series of Halsband's Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat portraits were included in an exhibit at the Warhol Museum, followed by an exhibition at the Arken Museum in Denmark, featuring a twelve foot reproduction of the Portrait of the two artists with arms crossed wearing boxing gloves. Quiksilver Womens commisioned him to shoot and direct a series of short films with four time world champion Surfer, Stephanie Gilmore titled "The Water Dancer". He paired Stephanie with three Dancers from various disciplines, with the intention to explore the connections between surf and dance. At the same time he began shooting and directing a short documentary film about the Peconic Land Trust, and the programs they have created for young aspiring farmers, to be shown in the summer 2012. Halsband has been always open to alternative exhibition ideas and spaces. In the summer he and graphic designer, Timothy Hsu collaborated on a show of current portraits in a unique environment, Mandarin's Tea Room in Soho, NY combining another practice that supports Halsbands work, Tea.

"Tea will put you in the right frame of mind... open up feelings, allow for the viewer to be receptive to something. Our eyes can be deceptive. I tend to want to believe in the heart to heart moment. It is a connection you have with that person, one to one and no two are alike". This show will continue through 2012.

Currently, Halsband is working on a book of his photographs from The Rolling Stones' 1981 "Tattoo You" North American tour, focusing his energy on new commissions, continuing to work on his portraits with no end in site.

Gallery & Museum Exhibitions
Paris Photo, Gagosian Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, France November 8-11
“Basquiat: Rage To Riches” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. (screening of BBC Documentary
movie) Michael Halsband plays Himself, September 6
“80’s Art Show” Peninsula Hotel, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon) June 27 - November 1
“Sea Witch/Space Witch” Modern Love Club, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon) June 21 - August 23
“ArVst Members ExhibiVon” Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, (group exhibiVon) April 14 - May 19
"Basquiat: Boom for Real” Schirn Kunsthalle Museum, Frankfurt, Germany February 16 - May 27
“Halsband Portraits” Southampton Arts Center Southampton, NY. (solo exhibiVon)
Curated by Andrea Grover November 17 - December 31
“Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983” Museum of Modern Art,
NY, NY. (group exhibiVon) October 31–April 01, 2018
“Basquiat Boom For Real” Barbican London, UK September 21, 2017 - January 28, 2018
“An InvitaVonal“ The Children’s Museum, Bridgehampton, NY. (group exhibiVon, curated by
Kimberly Goff) August 5 - September 5
“Men I Love” Modern Love Club, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon) April 29 - June 6
“From The Streets” ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY. (group exhibiVon) April 4 - July 15
Paris Photo / Gagosian Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, France, November 10-13
“Lake Life” The Garage at Judy Black Memorial Park at Washington Depot, CT. (group exhibiVon)
October 29 - November 6
“Water / Bodies” Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY. (group exhibiVon)
June 25 - July 3
“Art Faces” Permanent CollecVon Museo Würth La Rioja, Spain (group exhibiVon)
March 20, 2015 - February 28
“11th Annual Thanksgiving CollecVve” Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY. (group
exhibiVon) November 28 - January 31
“The Sports Show” School of Visual Arts Gallery, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon)
August 22 - September 19
“Halsband Portraits: Portraits from 1979 - Present” NaVonal Arts Club, Grand Gallery, NY, NY.
(solo exhibiVon) March 30 - April 25
”Permanent CollecVon ExhibiVon” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY. (group exhibiVon)
Winter 2014 - 2015
“Surf Book (out-takes)” Pilgrim Gallery, Amagansek, NY. (solo exhibiVon) August
“AtlanVc VibraVons” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY. (group exhibiVon) August
“Ladies & Gents” Salomon Contemporary, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon) March 14 - April

Paris Photo, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France, November 15-18
Frieze, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK, October 11-14
fiac, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France, October 18-21
“Thank You Andy Warhol” Benrimon Contemporary, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon) October 4-20
“Michael Halsband: 8x10” Portraits” Lost Weekend Orchard Street, NY, NY. (solo exhibiVon)
September 5 - December 31
“Warhol, Baquiat, Halsband” Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street London, UK, June 19 – August 11
“Sound Quality” Grey Area, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon) April 28 - May 24
“Hangin” w/ Steve Olson, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. March 3-9
“Michael Halsband: 8x10 Portraits” The Mandarin’s Tea Room, NY, NY. (solo exhibiVon)
January, 2012-2015
“Michael Halsband: SURF” Lost Weekend NY, NY. (solo exhibiVon) December
“Surf Movie: reels 1-14 a film by Michael Halsband” Muse /Center of Photography and the
Moving Image, NY, NY. October
“Warhol & Basquiat” Arken Museum of Modern Art Copenhagen, Denmark (group exhibiVon)
September 2011 – January 2012
“Local 87” John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY. (group exhibiVon)
July - September
“Mixed Signals: ArVsts Consider Masculinity in Sports” The Andy Warhol Museum,
Piksburgh, PA. (group exhibiVon) May – August
“Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp” Eric Firestone Gallery Tucson, AZ. (group exhibiVon)
“Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp” Eric Firestone Gallery East Hampton, NY. (group exhibiVon)
“Swell” Nyehaus Gallery NY, NY. (group exhibiVon)
“Swell” Metro Pictures NY, NY. (group exhibiVon)
“Andy Warhol Black & White” Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. (group exhibiVon)
“Plank Road” Salomon Contemporary Fine Art Gallery NY, NY. September 15 - October 30
(group exhibiVon)
“Down By Law” Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY. (group exhibiVon)
“Nixon Art Mosh” Chelsea, New York, NY. September 17 (group exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband, Recent Work: 8x10 Portraits” Salomon Contemporary Fine Art,
East Hampton, NY. (solo exhibiVon) August 28 - October 4
“Basquiat” FondaVon Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland (group exhibiVon) May 9–September 5
“To Repel Ghosts” Jean-Michel Basquait / Michael Halsband, Fundacion Marcelino Boqn
Santander, Spain, July 10 - September 14
“To Repel Ghosts” Jean-Michel Basquait / Michael Halsband, Fondazione Memmo, Palazzo
Ruspoli, Rome, Italy, October 2, 2008 - February 1, 2009
“Michael Halsband: PORTRAITS” Salomon Contemporary Fine Art, East Hampton, NY.
(solo exhibiVon) August 20 - September 3

“Surf Movie: reels 1-14” Salomon Contemporary Fine Art, East Hampton, NY. (movie screening)
August 21
“SURF BOOK Portraits” Gallerie Biscarol Biarritz, France (solo exhibiVon)
“SURF BOOK Portraits” Surf Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. (solo exhibiVon)
“George Greenough RetrospecVve” HunVngton Beach Surf Museum, CA. (group exhibiVon)
“George Greenough RetrospecVve” Santa Barbara MariVme Museum, CA. (group exhibiVon)
“Surf Culture New York”, Milk Gallery NY, NY. (group exhibiVon)
“Here It Is/This Is It” Glenn Horowitz Booksellers Gallery East Hampton, NY. (group exhibiVon)
“North Fork/South Fork Show” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY. (group exhibiVon)
“Surf Movie: reels 1-4” Guild Hall East Hampton, NY. (movie screening)
“Surf Movie: reels 1-14” New Filmmakers New York Anthology Film Archives NY, NY.
(movie screening)
“Michael Halsband: Rock Stars” VH-1 Gallery, NY, NY. (solo show)
“Michael Halsband: Heart & Soul” Modern Culture Gallery NY, NY. (solo show)
“Surfs Up!” Glenn Horowitz Booksellers Gallery, East Hampton, NY. (group exhibiVon)
July 14 - August 16
“Michael Halsband photographs: surfing” Foam Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. (solo exhibiVon)
“Basquiat En La Habana” Bienal De La Habana, Museum of Rum, Fundación Havana Club,
Havana, Cuba (solo exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband: Cuba” Ludwig FoundaVon of Cuba, Havana, Cuba (solo exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband” Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia Bergen MFA Gallery,
Savannah, GA. (solo exhibiVon) April 8 - May 2
“Michael Halsband” F-stop Restaurant, NY, NY. (solo exhibiVon)
“Pictures of Texas Monthly: Twenty-five Years” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
(group exhibiVon)
“Beyond Words” Hasselblad 50th Anniversary group exhibiVon, Cologne, Germany
Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Bergamot StaVon Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA.
Michael Halsband "Photographs 1980-91” Marcelle Fine Art, NY, NY. (solo exhibiVon)
"Art News Show" InternaVonal Center of Photography, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon)
Alex Rosenberg Gallery, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband” Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY. (solo exhibiVon)

“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Takoo You Tour” Snug Harbor Cultural Center,
Staten Island, NY. (solo exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Takoo You Tour” Gifu Parco, Gifu City, Japan
(solo exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Takoo You Tour” Shinsaibashi Parco Osaka, Japan
(solo exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Takoo You Tour” Asahikawa Seibu Asahikawa
Hokkaido Japan (solo exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Takoo You Tour” Kichijoji Parco Tokyo, Japan,
(solo exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Takoo You Tour” Sapporo Parco Oita Kyushu Japan
(solo exhibiVon)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Takoo You Tour” Alex Rosenberg Gallery, NY, NY.
(solo exhibiVon)
"Heros, Heroines & Fans" FloaVng FoundaVon of Photography, NY, NY. (group exhibiVon) August
“Michael Halsband” Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C. (solo exhibiVon)
“Fourth Anniversary Group ExhibiVon” Chinese Chance / One University Place NY, NY.
“Michael Halsband, Jim Jacobs, Reiner Gross” Tower Gallery, Southampton, NY.
“Michael Halsband, Portraits” School of Visual Arts Gallery, Soho NY, NY. (solo exhibiVon)
Museum Collec5ons
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Miami Museum of Contemporary Art
The Farnsworth Art Museum Rockland, Maine
Parrish Art Museum Southampton, NY.
The Andy Warhol Museum, Piksburgh, PA.
Museo Würth La Rioja, Spain
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Sir Elton John CollecVon, Atlanta, GA
2012 Hamptons InternaVonal Film FesVval - Golden Starfish Award Winner: Audience Award
Best Short Feature, “Growing Farmers”
2005 InternaVonal Photography Awards – Professional Photographer of the Year (nominee) -
“Surf Book”
2005 FesVval InternaVonal du Film de surf – Best Picture - “Surf Movie: Reels 1-14”
2002 Telly Award - Neil Diamond “Family Shot” – Director
2002 Hasselblad Master - The Hasselblad Masters Award

Awards cont.,
1994 Art DirecVon Magazine CreaVvity Award, Record Package Design,“Meat Puppets: Too High
to Die”
1993 CerVficate of Design Excellence, Epic Records CD Booklet Insert, “Shabba Ranks,
Xtra Naked”
1979 Art DirecVon Magazine “CreaVvity CerVficate of DisVncVon ’79”, “The 1978 President’s
Campaign for the Hiring of the Handicapped” - Public Service AdverVsing
“Halsband Portraits” Photographs by Michael Halsband published on the occasion of the
“Halsband Portraits” ExhibiVon at the NaVonal Arts Club, NYC March, (2015) 100 pages
83 photographs self published with support from the NAC, Michael Halsband Studio
“Surf Book” Photographs by Michael Halsband, Text by Joel Tudor, Michael Halsband Studio,
Group publica5ons
“Ice Cream Headache” (forward by Michael Halsband, also a subject in the book), Damiani, 2018
“MR CHOW 50 Years” Prestel, 2018
“Michael Chow: Voice For My Father”(pg. 92), Delmonico/Prestel, 2018
“Ryan McGuinness: #Metadata” (pg.45), Damiani, 2018
“Max Blagg - Slow Dazzle” (pg. 85), Shallow Books, 2017
“Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art” (pg. 52), MoMA 2017
“Andy Warhol: The Impossible CollecVon” Assouline, 2017
“Blue Man World” (pg. 35), Black Dog & Leventhal, 2016
“Frank Barney Frank” (cover), Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015
“Ryan McGuinness Everything Is Everywhere” (back cover), FRAME, 2014
“Paradigm Vol. 1” Genesis, 2014
“AREA” Abrams, 2013
“Pearl Jam, Twenty” Simon & Schuster, 1998
“Basquiat” FondaVon Beyler, Riehen, Switzerland, 2011
“To Repel Ghosts” Jean-Michel Basquait / Michael Halsband, Fundacion Marcelino
Boqn, 2010
“To Repel Ghosts” Jean-Michel Basquait / Michael Halsband, Fondazione Memmo,
Palazzo Ruspoli, 2010 / 2011
“Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp” Eric Firestone Gallery Tucson, AZ, 2010
“INDOCHINE” Rizzoli, 2010
“According to The Rolling Stones” Weidenfield & Nicolson, The Orion Publishing Group, 2009
“COMBINE” Super X Media, 2003
“BASQUIAT" Taschen, 2003
“ROCK STYLE” by Tommy Hilfiger, Universe, 2000
“BASQUIAT”. Jean-Michel FoundaVon Havana Club, Galerie Enrico Navarra, 2000
“JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT” Tony Shafrazi Gallery, 1999
“The Phish Book” Villard, 1998
“25 Years of Texas Monthly” Stewart, Tabori,Chang, 1998
“King For A Decade: Jean-Michel Basquiat” Korinsha Press, 1997

Group publica5ons cont.
“Michael Halsband 1997” (Calender), te Neues, 1997
“The White T” Umbra EdiVons, 1996
“Underworld by: Kelly Klein” Knoph, 1995
“Jean-Michel Basquiat” Whitney/Abrams, 1994
“Splash: A History of Swimwear” Rizzoli, 1990
“Andy Warhol: A RetrospecVve” Museum of Modern Art, 1989
“Impresario: Malcolm McLaren & The BriVsh New Wave” M.I.T. Press, 1988
“SURF MOVIE: reels 1-14 a film by Michael Halsband” 48 min., 2003
“Growing Farmers”, 17 min. (Director / Co-Producer), 2012
“Looking For Richard” (Special SVlls Photographer), 1996
“Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop” Cinematography, 2013
Photo Essay
Prince St. Podcast "This Common Ground" w/ ScoN Chaskey hkp://
Prince St. Podcast Addi5onal stories w/ Photographs by Michael Halsband hNp://

Show Reviews
ARTE FUSE 9/19/2012 "Halsband Connects With The 8 x 10” hkps://
Musee April 14, 2015 Michael Halsband: Halsband Portraits at The Na5onal Arts Club hkp://

Art Daily Halsband: Portraits Na5onal Arts Club, NYC hkp://

Arts- Club#.W5WkLq2ZNE4

Time Magazine August 12, 2015 The Sports Show SVA Gallery, NY hkp://
Town & Country Magazine July 1, 2016 Water/Bodies Southampton Arts Center hkps://

Independant, September 20, 2017 Basquiat: Boom For Real, Barbican Art Gallery, London

barbican-art- gallery-review-andy-warhol-a7957496.html

Dan’s Paper November 1, 2017 Halsband: Portraits hkps://

East Hampton Star November 22, 2017 hkp://

Southampton Press December 5, 2017 hkp://

Southampton-Arts-Center hkp://

East Hampton Star December 26, 2017 hkp://
Cool Hun5ng August 2, 2018 Sea Witch / Space Witch Modern Love Club, New York City,
Ar5cles & Interviews
Whitehot magazine February 2010 "Moments in Pop Culture and the Everyday: an Interview
with Michael Halsband”-
SURFER July 22, 2010 "SURF BOOK: Book Signing Party Bigger Than P-Diddy’s, Oh My
Surfers Journal “North of Madison” pgs. 78-87 June/ July 2017
Interview magazine “Inside The World of Michael Halsband” by Calvin Levels April 3, 2015:
Pilgrim Surf October 16, 2013:

Videos with Michael Halsband
PBS/American Masters - Premiere of ‘Basquiat: Rage To Riches’ BBC Documentary movie
Michael Halsband plays Himself
Thread, a film by Patrick Trefz (2007) Michael Halsband plays Himself
Nomi Song (2004) Michael Halsband plays Himself


All photographs © Michael Halsband