Michael L. Abramson

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General Information

Name: Michael L. Abramson

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction, Other

Born: 1948 in Jersey City, New Jersey

Died: 2011 in Chicago, Illinois

Website: www.michaelabramson.com

Illinois Connection

Abramson earned his Masters in Photography in 1977 from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He continued to live and work in Chicago thereafter.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Abramson was a photographer. He produced commercial and documentary photographs for nearly four decades starting in the early 1970’s. His work appeared in numerous national and foreign publications including Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, and Time and his work has been exhibited at museums and galleries including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and The Philadelphia Art Museum.

His Chicago nightlife photos taken during the 70's are collected in the book Light: on the South Side. It is a portfolio that is a part of a record album set that captured things that no one saw or took pictures of. This work is internationally known by photo connoisseurs.

Today, Abramson's photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the California Museum of Photography, the Chicago Historical Society, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Published Works

  • Light: On the South Side, Numero, 1978
  • Miniature Rooms: The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago, Abbeville Press, 1984 - written by Kathleen Aguilar
  • Palante: Young Lords Party, Haymarket Books, 2011 - written by Young Lords Party
  • Gotta Go Gotta Flow: Life, Love, and Lust on Chicago's South Side From the Seventies, CityFiles Press, 2015 - written by Patricia Smith

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards


External Links

Michael L. Abramson on WorldCat


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