Michael Furman and Karen Shapiro
But photography at its most basic is about light. Light is my medium. It is my paint, my clay, my marble, my pen and ink. It is my creative and expressive tool for communication.
For the better part of fifty years I have attempted to understand light. It has been a life-long fascination that I don’t expect to end anytime soon. "
Michael Furman has had the unique pleasure of photographing the world’s most significant cars. From the earliest “conveyances” to cars that foretell the future, Michael has created portraits that insightfully express his subject’s historical and aesthetic importance.
A key element to Michael’s style is to present the car from the perspective of the designers and engineers who created the car; their thoughts, their motivations, and the social and political context in which they worked. His approach has been graciously embraced by major collectors, museums and concours events around the world.
For most photographers, studio car photography would be a daunting task. Automobiles are large, highly reflective objects that present a myriad of technical photographic issues – and countless opportunities for visual excitement. Throughout his many years, Michael has found limitless possibilities to relate the many facets of automotive experience to his audience, and most importantly, inspire the next generation of automotive enthusiasts to continue this appreciation and respect.
"Art imitates life. Particularly for those who recognize it in the common elements of their everyday surroundings. The sculptural curve of a coffeepot, the etching on a bar of soap, the texture of an orange. The creative eye can see it; the creative hand will render it.
Karen Shapiro derives her art from what’s already there. It doesn’t have to be studied, interpreted or understood. Her ceramic sculpture is what it is, whether it be a crayon, a lipstick or a carton of milk." - Lisa Watson