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 Tokyo, NYC, Astoria, Minneapolis, London, Dublin, Porto and Hong Kong, Michael offers photography workshops and mentoring in Hong Kong; he has also conducted workshops in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, Minneapolis, Dublin, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City.
His work has been featured by 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, Mobiography Magazine, Street Dreams Mag, Drkrms, HK Magazine, Zolima CityMag, Style-tips.com, The Wanderlister, China Daily and the South China Morning Post.
Michael works 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 Collaboration: Mahka Fashion Gallery. February 2019 to present.
Featured collection of Tokyo and Hong Kong work at Picture This, London. 2017 to present.
Parenthetically: Bamboo Scenes, Hong Kong. June 2018 to May 2019.
Collection of selected work at JaaBar in Central, Hong Kong. August 2017
MK x Mahka Limited Collection at Mahka Fashion Gallery. March 30, 2017 to present
Infusion: Amalfitana, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. March 17 to 26 2017.
Melt with You: American Chamber of Commerce, Bank of America Building, Hong Kong. March 2017 to June 2017.
Melt with You: Pullman Hotel (in conjunction with Galerie Junger), Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. September 27, 2016 to March, 2017.
Perfecting the Present: J Plus Hotel, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. March 1 to May 31, 2016.
Mira Mobile Prize Exhibition, Porto, Portugal. April 30, 2016.
In. visible city: Kong Art Space, Hong Kong. November 12 to 22, 2015.
Colour in. Fusion: Little Square, Hong Kong. May 15 to 17, 2015
Instasaavy Hong Kong, December 4, 2014
Slideluck Hong Kong, October 15, 2014
Black and White Call for Entry Exhibition at the Minneapolis Photo Center in Minneapolis, MN. September 12 to November 3, 2014
Stephen Bartels Gallery in London: May to September, 2014
Mobile Magic X Exhibition at the LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. July 12 to August 8, 2014
Mobile Photography Awards Show, New York, NY. Shadow Stories: The Art of Mobile Black & White, May 20, 2014
Urban Exposure: Gallery 6, Tokyo. December 7 to 20, 2013