About Michael Kistler
Michael Kistler is a Hong Kong artist specializing in fine art street photography. Originally from Minneapolis, he started shooting on a compact Ricoh during his first trip to Europe at age 18. After many years of travel that included stints in Germany, Istanbul and Northern California, he settled in Tokyo, spending more than 10 years there before moving with his family to Hong Kong in 2014.
His time in Tokyo was instrumental to the development of his photographic style as he experimented with blur, movement and other abstract elements while drawing inspiration from street masters like Daido Moriyama and Saul Leiter. A signature hallmark of 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 Hong Kong, Tokyo, NYC, Astoria, Minneapolis, London, Dublin, Porto, Michael offers street photography workshops and is co-founder of Finding Yourself in the Streets, a series of international street photography workshops as well as TNT Hong Kong, a newly established boutique fashion brand. Michael regularly conducts photography workshops in Hong Kong and has also done them in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, Minneapolis, Dublin, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to freelance street shoots, Michael also offers bespoke production and styling and location scouting for shoots in Hong Kong.
His work has been featured by Bamboo Scenes, Artaaps, Marie Claire, Felosophie, Sassy HK, The Honeycombers, The Global Fund for Children, Isthumus Journal, HK Tatler, Volcom, Vans HK, Cathay Pacific, Vogue Italy, Localiiz HK, The Galleries Gal, Hong Kong Free Press, iPhone Photography School, Mobiography Magazine, Street Dreams Mag, Drkrms, HK Magazine, Zolima CityMag, Style-tips.com, The Wanderlister, China Daily and the South China Morning Post.
Michael has worked with Bombol, The Blue Lotus Gallery, HWMR, Soho House, Venchi, Raven and Rose, Leica Camera HK, Elsa Jeandedieu Studio, The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, Estee Lauder, Heidi Carey Design, Joselito, PEN Hong Kong, Any Time, Japanese artist Tashiro Ichi, Mahka Fashion Gallery, Teen’s Key, Age of Learning and Oxford University Press. Michael cooperates with both the Mandarin Oriental and Quintessentially HK to provide bespoke urban photo experiences for their exclusive clientele. He has also donated select art pieces and workshops in support of Changing Young Lives Foundation, Teen’s Key, Mother’s Choice and AAJA Asia.
‘Beautiful Contradictions’, Michael’s collaboration with Tricia Darling, Hughie Doherty and Mahka, opened on 21 February, 2019.
Michael’s exhibition ‘Melt with You’ at the Park Lane Hotel in Causeway Bay, HK opened on September 27, 2016 and ran to March 2017. His series of nightscape images marked the launch of the Pullman Artist Playground Series in China; ‘Melt with You’ moved from the Park Lane Hotel to the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and ran through the beginning of July, 2017. From July to September, select images from his last three collections were on display at JaaBar, which is tucked away in the central wet market just off of Peel Street.
Michael started 2020 with his solo exhibition ‘Cyberpunk’s Not Dead’ at the Hong Kong Arts Collective Space on Water Street in Sai Ying Pun. He followed that up with two new pieces in the latest group show from Hong Kong Arts Collective. Look for his work at the upcoming Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong (now postponed until December 2020).
Work currently available:
Michael’s latest exhibition ‘Cyberpunk’s Not Dead’ in cooperation with the Hong Kong Arts Collective runs from 17-31 of January, 2020 at 41 Water Street in Sai Ying Pun
The Art of Resistance: group exhibition at Kong in Soho, Hong Kong
Michael’s collection with the Artling
Michael’s collection with Hong Kong Arts Collective
Michael’s collection with Picture This: