“Captured from 'an arm's length away,' 'Surf Family' was taken at Nags Head, North Carolina. In placing a Polaroid picture within a real picture, Michael Northrup deliberately creates an ironic juxtaposition between illusionistic aesthetics and reality.”
Michael E. Northrup (b. 1948) is a Maryland-based photographer. He holds an MFA from Chicago Arts Institute and is the recipient of both the Polaroid Grant and Maryland Arts Council Grant. His works have been exhibited in solo and group shows across the US and he has photographs in numerous collections including Nikon, Scientific American, Polaroid, Chicago Arts Institute, and the Virginia Museum of Art. His artbook Beautiful Ecstasy was published by J&L Books in 2003. His second artbook Babe was released in Fall 2012.
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