Michael is a New York based documentary and portrait photographer. His visual story-telling approach is based on creatively adapting to the multi-faceted global work cultures of 21st century industries and corporations. In addition to more than a decade photographing behind the scenes of NASA and its aerospace contractors, Michael’s experience brings not only trust, but measurable skill in knowing how to photograph in secure, limited access work environments that result in both a visual sense of craft and unscripted humanity.
His work has been published in media like Wired, Smithsonian Magazine, New Scientist, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR and Time. Simon & Schuster recently published Infinite Worlds, a coffee table book of Michael’s photographs on the labor and tools that saved the Hubble Space Telescope.
Eight mural size images from his series on astronaut space tools are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.
He appeared on MSNBC's The Cycle interviewed by Ari Melber, Krystal Ball, Toure and Abby Huntsman.
Please refer to MEDIA > for additional publications, appearances and exhibitions.
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 ..."
Soluri is represented by Carrie Hannigan, of the New York based literary agency Hannigan Salky Getzler.
His corporate sponsors include: Canon USA, Legion/Moab papers, EIZO, Cineo Lighting, Glyph Technologies and LiveBooks.
I seek the less obvious, unscripted behind-the-scenes culture of human and robotic space exploration often in context to early human cave art and tools.
As a result, my personal work is about documenting and creating evidence of spaceflight ... on Earth.
On these journeys, the evidence and meaning of space flight unfold in many unanticipated ways. Self portraiture in space was one. Among the most revealing was an insightful conversation with Neal Armstrong who acknowledged his intent on consciously photographing his shadow in context to his landing craft while on the surface of the moon; working with and guiding Scott Altman— the Commander of STS125 and John Grunsfeld, lead mission specialist on STS 125 Hubble SM4 and crew in documenting their space flight; visually exploring astronaut spaceflight tools as pieces of minimalist sculpture; discovering the profound in the year to year and eventually the day to day documentation of New Horizons mission flyby of the Pluto system with Principal Investigator Alan Stern and the science and engineering teams.
There's also the transcendent: documenting on film underneath NASA's most historic launch pad fat the Kennedy Space Center. Typically inaccessible, the launch pad's flame trench consisted of two cave-like walls that revealed a sublime record from the decades of rocket exhaust flames from the Saturn V Apollo Moon and Space Shuttle eras. Like early Paleolithic cave art, there were hand painted lines, squares, circles, crosses and ellipses drawn by technicians indicating the physical damage after some 40 years of successive launches.
Please see Evidence of Spaceflight ...On Earth > Flame Trench Series > Artist Statement