Self taught photographer, Michael Parvin enjoyed years of traditional film exposure and darkroom printing. Now utilizing digital methods, Michael's knowledge and experience in seeing light, controlling shadows, highlights, tone and color translates beautifully in his fine-art gallery pigment prints.Michael did his undergraduate work in biological science then earned his Master’s Degree in Immunology and another Masters in Business Administration. Michael moved from Texas to Atlanta to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in 2008 he retired and now devotes his time to photography. A devoted student of the Showcase School of Photography (Closed as of February 2017) in Atlanta, Michael will tell you he has taken all of their courses at least once. In addition, Michael is an active member of the Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta Photographic Workshop, and the Photographic Society of Chattanooga. Michael’s work has been shown in the following juried exhibitions: Shots 09; Shots 11; Shots 14; Shots 16; Nature Undisturbed 2010, 2011 where he earned first place, in 2012; Puppy Love 2011, 2012; Slow Exposure 2011; Atlanta Photography Groups In Your Dreams, Outside the Frame, and Selects. He was a finalist in two international competitions: the 2012, 2015 Master’s Cup in Photography and in 2016 and 2017 he received an honorable mention in the International Color Competition. He was a nominee in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Black and White Spider Awards and in 2018 he received 2nd place honor of distinction in the still life category. In 2013, his work was selected as the People’s Choice for Fine Art in the Digital Photographer Pro Magazine’s 6th Annual Emerging Pro Competition and in 2014 he was given an Award of Excellence in Black and White Magazine’s Single Image competition. In 2014 and again in 2015 Michael was selected for the Silver level in the North Valley Art League's International Photographic competition. In 2015 and 2016 Michael's work has been in 4 juried competitions with the A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, TX. Michael's work was placed second in the 2018 Black & White Spider Awards Competition in the Still Life Category. In May 2019, Michael had a solo exhibition in the APG Gallery in Atlanta featuring his work Objects Once Familiar. The book by the same name he Co-authored with close friend Ronald Valdiserri was released concurrently with the show. In September 2019 two of Michael's images were selected for Slow Exposures and Virginia's Dresser Set was awarded 2nd place in the competition. 7 of Michael"s images from the Objects collection were selected for an exhibition entitled "Photographs that Tell a Story" juried by Michael Itkoff and hung in the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts.
In addition, Michael's work is in several private collections and two Galleries.
My work is about capturing the often overlooked beauty of our surroundings and presenting it in a more compelling way. As a photographer, I prefer working in black and white using shadows and highlights to create drama and enhance the appeal of the final image. The contrast created between shadow and light breathes life into an image, creating textures that more clearly show the weathered look of neglect or augment a geometric pattern. A more realistic quality results in the final image, illustrating hidden beauty.