From the Sierra Photo Clubs website:
Michael Seewald - ‘Life Elsewhere’
A selection of images and stories from 60 world-wide sponsored destinations, created over the past 25 years.
7:00pm at the Wesley Palms
2404 Loring Street, San Diego, CA 92109
..."Seewald's images communicate in a quiet, lyrical way. Speaking to the photographer, one feels that this is an individual so in love with his art, so in love with the world, that he'll work for as long as he's able to see, as long as his legs and arms will carry him."
Manuel J. Rodriguez, Photographers Forum Magazine, Nov. ‘93
Michael Seewald has created museum award winning images for over four decades now! After winning local painting awards by the age of 14, he traded in his brushes for a camera. He received a journalism degree, with emphasis in photography, from San Diego State University. He went on to work for various newspapers and magazines and eventually opened a photographic art gallery in Encinitas, coincidentally, the same month and year the Museum of Photographic Art did, in May of 1983. He exhibited his and dozens of other photographic artists over these many decades, some well known B&W artists (Ruth Bernhard, Brett Weston). He also searched out and included the best known surf photographers (Aaron Chang, Art Brewer, Jeff Devine), underwater photogs (Howard Hall), and Czech and Russian ‘street photographers’ who’d ‘escaped’ their homelands (Dominik Domin, Rudolf Pinkas).
After a few years of selling his art, and shooting portraits, weddings and commercial jobs to further support himself and the new gallery, he found he had no actual time to make new art. It was then he developed a sponsorship program to pay for his travels around the world so that he could. With little or no money after paying for airfare and plenty of film, for both his medium format camera for his art images and his 35mm for ‘stock photos’, he hit the road to create. And now, with 60 trips under his belt, usually a month per place, he has plenty of new work to exhibit. He now averages $3,000 per sale sight-unseen for ‘futures’, and has some older images now priced in the tens of thousands of dollars due to rarity of edition sizes combined with the overall amount of art created.
Michael had his first major museum exhibition, entitled ‘Life Elsewhere’ in Kunming, China, in May of 2011. He is represented in China, and now has his gallery in Del Mar, at the Del Mar Plaza, where he exhibits images from many of his portfolios, including: Russia; Morocco; Israel; China; Croatia; India; Greece; Bali; Australia; Italy; Iceland; Turkey; Laos; France; Portugal; all the Hawaiian Islands; Japan, Costa Rica and Nepal, just to name a few.
Michael’s art has won a variety of major national and international competitions, including: first place, Beta Phi Gamma National journalism convention, Hollywood, CA, 1971 (at age of 19); BEST OF SHOW at the San Diego Fair’s International Photography Competition, 1996 (besting over 3,300 entries with entry entitled Canal Reflections, Venice Italy ‘94); first place color- San Diego Museum of Photographic Art’s Int’l competition, 1991; Juror’s Choice, S.D. Art Institute’s Annual Juried So. Cal. Competition c.1993 and ‘Artist Choice/Grumbacher Gold’ at the Offtrack Gallery, Encinitas, 1995 (the last three were all from the same solo entry Ghost of Florence, Italy, 1989).
His current exhibit is Croatia 2012, and is open Wed. to Sundays from noon till 6 p.m., late (usually till 10 p.m. or so on Fri. and Sat.), but call ahead as he’s a one man band most of the time and gone often, teaching, picture framing, delivering art or fishing. [masked]. His classes are sponsored by Chrome Digital Labs, North County Photographic Services and Pro Camera Repair.
Michael teaches worldwide too, but mostly Yosemite, Carmel and Napa, besides locally with his 2 and 3 day ‘A-Z workshops’. From amateurs to professionals, students fly in from around the country to learn from him- dozens of testimonials on his website.
He also runs a picture frame shop in Leucadia, framing his and the publics art, paintings or photos.
Website to view art is www.seewald.com.
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