the urban axis (2016)
Michael Kistler is a Hong Kong based artist specializing in fine art urban photography. Originally from Minneapolis, his photographic journey began on a trip to Europe at age 18 and has since taken him around the world chasing new images. After spending more than 10 years in Tokyo, he moved with his family to Hong Kong in 2014.
A signature element in his work is the often abstract human element and its connection to the city; the urban landscape and its structures provide permanence while people come and go, creating a dynamic environment of fleeting moments. He is constantly searching for and exploring unconventional perspectives and unique moments where people and the urban landscape collide, merge and co-exist.
In addition to having his work exhibited in Tokyo, NYC, Astoria, Minneapolis, London, Dublin, Porto and Hong Kong, Michael offers urban photography workshops and is co-founder of Finding Yourself in the Streets, a series of international street photography workshops. Michael has conducted photography workshops in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai, Minneapolis, Yangon and Kuala Lumpur.
His work has been featured by Volcom, Vans HK, Cathay Pacific, Vogue Italy, Localiiz HK, Mobiography Magazine, Street Dreams Mag, Drkrms, HK Magazine, Zolima CityMag, The Wanderlister, China Daily and the South China Morning Post. Some of his recent projects have been with Mahka, Estee Lauder, Amalfitana, Teen’s Key, Assaad Awad, Oxford University Press and the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong where he provides customised urban photo experiences for their guests.