Michael R. Soluri is a New York City based fine art documentary photographer, speaker and the author of Infinite Worlds: the People and Places of Space Exploration (Simon & Schuster).
Soluri’s work is widely published, exhibited and in permanent collections. He also has made presentations for a number of museums and NASA related venues. Please refer to MEDIA> for more specifics.
Commercially, his photography has appeared in numerous American, European, and Brazilian print and online publications like Time, Discover, Air & Space, NPR, Family Circle, Mother Earth News, Wired UK, Grazia, Amica, Vogue Brasil and Claudia. As a videographer, he has produced and directed business to business communication projects for corporations like Forbes, Merck Pharmaceutical, Merrill lynch, Loral Space & Communications and Paragon Space Development among others.
Based on his participation in the historic STS 125 / Hubble SM4 mission, Michael received a NASA commendation— signed by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden: "... for contributions that rival the best that NASA has achieved in innovation and overcoming challenges."
And as a result of photographically documenting the New Horizons mission to the Pluto System since 2005, Soluri received a Group Achievement Award "for exceptional contributions in the successful completion of the initial reconnaissance of the Pluto system ..."
A Simon & Schuster published author, Michael is represented by the Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency.
His corporate sponsors include: Canon USA, Legion/Moab papers, EIZO, Cineo Lighting, Glyph Technologies and LiveBooks.
Unique to the almost 60 year history of spaceflight, I have had unprecedented access to photographically document the people and places of American space exploration.
For three years I had extraordinary access into multiple NASA flight centers where I was able to photograph behind-the-scenes the labor force, infrastructure and specifically the astronaut crew of STS125 Atlantis, the space shuttle mission assigned to save and extend the operating life of the Hubble Space Telescope one last time.
Within the culture of that mission, I also provided the STS125 crew a series of photo seminars on how to take more visually communicative photographs while in space. As a result, those images provided the public a greater understanding of the Hubble and the scientific quest in exploring the mysteries of the universe. However, the scope of their images in context to my behind-the-scenes documentation revealed not only personal meaning, but evidence of human and robotic spaceflight on Earth and in space ...
Since 2005, I have had a similar quality of extraordinary access in documenting the behind-the-scenes narrative of the New Horizons science and engineering teams that lead to the historic flyby of the Pluto system in July 2015 and, in 2019, Kuiper Belt Object MU69.
So when I say people and places, I mean having quality time in visually exploring not only the technology and hardware, but the unscripted in the work cultures of the engineers, technicians, astronauts, flight controllers and scientists in typically restricted environments.
On these journeys, the meaning of space flight unfolded in many unanticipated ways. Among the most revealing was an insightful conversation with Neal Armstrong on the photography of his shadow while on the surface of the moon; pride from working with and guiding Scott Altman, the Commander of STS125, lead mission specialist John Grunsfeld and crew in documenting their space flight; creative joy at the unexpected as I visually explored astronaut spaceflight tools as pieces of sculpture; discovering the profound in the year to year and eventually the day to day documentation of New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern along with the science and engineering teams (among them Hal Weaver, Cathy Olkin, Marc Buie, Jeff Moore, Alice Bowman and Andy Cheng) as the spacecraft approached, entered and flew through the Pluto system — now on its way to MU69.
Then there was the transcendent: between 2009 and 2014 documenting on film underneath NASA's most historic launch pad LC 39A. Typically inaccessible, 39A's flame trench consisted of two cave-like walls that revealed a sublime record not only from the decades of rocket exhaust flames from the Saturn V Apollo Moon and Space Shuttle eras but, like early Paleolithic cave art, there were hand painted lines, squares, circles, crosses and ellipses by technicians monitoring the physical damage after successive launches.
Trusted in discovering both the usual and unusual, I am able to visually explore and document the less obvious behind-the-scenes of the human and robotic exploration of space ...