New York based photographer Jon Carmichael is fascinated by unseen realities - the cosmos and intricacies found in nature. “My work stems from genuine curiosity. I create so I can see things for myself,” Carmichael elucidates. For the past 10 years, self-taught Carmichael has developed a number of signature shooting and printing techniques that produce a level of detail, depth, and color accuracy, unmatched by contemporaries in relative subject matter. Fond of astrophotography, Carmichael aims to push the envelope of photographic technology to unveil parts of the universe that can’t be seen with the naked eye. On shooting the night sky, Carmichael says, “It’s a humbling reminder of our place in the universe - how small and insignificant, yet rare and precious we are. Realizing the fragility of life on our planet is vital.”
Carmichael has a background in commercial photography and has produced images of Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, the Dalai Lama and brands including Twitter, Dell and iHeartRadio.
For nearly a decade, Carmichael’s Contemporary work remained unseen and was never printed or sold. In 2015, he produced his first set of artist proofs which were discovered and seen for the first time by Sir Elton John. Elton became Carmichael’s biggest collector and has continued to mentor and encourage him to share his work with the world. He debuted his first series of collectible works titled, “The Decade” at Caesars Palace Las Vegas in 2016, giving the public a rare chance to collect his printed works for the very first time.