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.
Michael’s work has been exhibited in widely in Hong Kong as well as in Tokyo, NYC, Astoria, Minneapolis, London, Dublin, Porto, and he is currently represented by Blue Lotus Gallery in Hong Kong and Picture This in the UK. Michael is co-founder of Click852, the leading hub for photography workshops in Hong Kong and studio in the heart of Sheung Wan. He also co-founded Finding Yourself in the Streets, a series of international street photography workshops. Michael has conducted photography workshops in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, Minneapolis, Dublin, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to freelance street, portrait and product shoots, Michael also offers bespoke mentoring for all aspects of photography.
Michael has been featured by Monocole, MilkX Hong Kong, #hashtag legend, The Eye of Photography, Photography of China, Art Power HK, Orange News, The Standard HK, Asia News Day, 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, Eleanor McColl, RealMe Global, Royale International, The Blue Lotus Gallery, Houston White, 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.
Select works from Michael’s most recent series, ‘Last Call’, are currently on show at Soho House in Sheung Wan as part of the ‘In the House’ exhibition series at Soho Friends Studio. Michael also exhibited the ‘Last Call’ series with the Hong Kong Arts Collective at the 2021 Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong.
Michael’s exhibition, ‘Blink-852’, his first collaboration with Blue Lotus Gallery, ran from 12-29 November, 2020. 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 a group show from Hong Kong Arts Collective.
‘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.
Last Call, a cinematic series of saturated neon was exhibited at the 2021 Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong. August 26-29, 2021.
Blink-852, marked his last show of 2020 and first with the Hong Kong stalwarts Blue Lotus Gallery. Nov 12 to Nov 29, 2020.
Michael’s exhibition ‘Cyberpunk’s Not Dead’ in cooperation with the Hong Kong Arts Collective ran 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: