Michael Rosenberg . . .

. . . was schooled severely in early life, obtaining a Ph.D. in biology in 1978. But Michael balances his scientific endeavors with artistry in photography. Originally self-taught, he has refined his craft and photographic artistry through study with master photographers, including Howard Bond, Jay Dusard, Don Kirby, Ray McSavaney, and Bruce Barnbaum.

Michael works primarily in black and white, and has recently branched out to color, as a fine art photographer. He is drawn to works of nature, man made structures, and the artifacts of civilization, seeking to capture the design and rhythmic patterns. Although the medium of photography is static, his works convey movement and force, a flow of shapes through the use of light. Michael invites the viewer to participate in his enjoyment of landscapes of the landscape, and to find their own meaning and solitude therein. He isolates the abstract quality of natural and produced artifacts, allowing the viewer to see them for something other than what they were.

Michael is also drawn to capture various structures. Isolating elements that seem the unique features, designs, and architectural wonders. Some are no longer here, some no longer used, and others that are homes and centers of spiratural life.

For over six years Michael has photographed the abandoned and decaying American Tobacco Factory. The very first tobacco factory, it represents the rise of an industry that became the lifeblood of North Carolina, and the industrialization of the post-civil war south. His photographs evince the unique architecture, the power and wealth of an industry; but rather than being a cold portrayal of buildings, his photographs show an uncommon warmth and empathy of the site and the people who worked there. This factory site is now renovated into offices, meeting rooms, galleries, and apartments.

Michael primarily works with a large format, 4x5-inch camera. This format enforces a slower approach to the subject matter and studied composition. Exposure and development of the negative is carefully calculated to bring about the visual interpretation of the subject. However, his negatives are but the beginning and meticulous darkroom work using a variety of techniques is employed to craft the final print. His images are noted for the feeling of light and their tonal palette.


Transition: The American Tobacco Factory. 46 Black and White Plates, 64 pages. Hard Cover, 14x11 inches; Soft Cover, 10x8 inches. 2008. Stony Hill Press, Chapel Hill, NC.

Purchase the book securely online

Artist's Statement:


Through This Lens Gallery
303 E. Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701
{/url} http://www.throughthislens.com/

Corporate Collections:

  • McKinney and Silver, Inc. Durham NC
  • American Tobacco Factory Historic District,Durham NC
  • Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. Raleigh NC
  • Motricity, Inc. Durham NC

Membership: Durham Arts Guild, Durham, NC.


 One Person Exhibitions:
  • Jordan Hall, Cary NC 1997
  • Gallery Lumiere, Savannah GA 1999
  • Athena Gallery, Savannah GA 1998
  • Terra Nova Global, Chapel Hill NC "Southern Views" October 2005
  • Through This Lens Gallery, Durham NC "The American Tobacco Factory", March 2014
  • Through This Lens Gallery, Durham NC "Natural Abstracts: Geyser Pools of Yellowstone National Park" August 2016

Multi-Person Exhibitions:
  • Sawtooth Center, Winston-Salem NC 2000
  • Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC 2002
  • Featured Artist Show, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill NC 2003
  • Members Show, Durham Arts Guild, Durham NC 2003
  • 49th Annual Juried Art Show, Durham Arts Guild, Durham NC 2003
  • Featured Artist Show, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill NC 2004
  • Members Show, Durham Arts Guild, Durham NC 2004.
  • The Big Picture, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill NC 2005.

  • The Zone System for Creative Photography Carrboro Art Center, Spring 2005
  • Analog and Digital Masking for the Wet Darkroom, Carrboro Art Center, Spring 2005