Michael Massaia - "Ditch Light" - Grand Central Station Project - 1:30am Whisper
Michael Massaia
"Ditch Light" - Grand Central Station Project - 1:30am Whisper Room
Gold Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2016
20 x 28 inches

Signed and numbered 1/10 on recto. Signed, numbered, titled, & dated on mount's verso.

Michael Massaia - "Ditch Light" - Grand Central Station Project - 2 am Corridor
Michael Massaia
"Ditch Light" - Grand Central Station Project - 2 am Corridor
Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2016
53 x 43 inches

Signed and numbered 1/3 on recto. Signed, numbered, titled, & dated on mount's verso.

Michael Massaia - Deep In A Dream - Central Park - South View 2012
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - South View 2012
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2012, Printed 2013
30 x 40 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 10) on recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep In A Dream - Central Park - January Freeze
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - Deep Freeze
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2013, Printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 20) on print's recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep In A Dream - Central Park Image Title - The Bow Bridge
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - 5am Bow Bridge
Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2012, Printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 20) in ink on recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep In A Dream - Central Park - North West View
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - North West View
Gold & Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2014
20 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and # 1/20 on recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep in A Dream - Central Park - Central Park Moonrise
Michael Massaia
Deep in A Dream - Central Park - Central Park Moonrise
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, Printed 2014
40 x 30 inches
Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 10) in pencil on verso.
Michael Massaia - Deep In A Dream - Central Park - Naumburg Bandshell
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - Naumburg Bandshell
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2013, printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 20) on print's recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep In A Dream - Central Park - South East View
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - South East View
Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph on Fiber Paper
2013, printed 2015
20 x 24 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 20) on print's recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep In A Dream - Central Park - South View#
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - South View#1
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2013, Printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 20) on print's recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep in A Dream - Central Park - Gapstow Bridge
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - Gapstow Bridge
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, printed 2014
40 x 30 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and numbered (edition of 10) on recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep In A Dream - Central Park - 4am-North Woods
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - 4am-North Woods
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2013, printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 20) on recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep In A Dream - Central Park - 4am Model Boat Pond
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - 4am Model Boat Pond
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, Printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 20) on print's recto.

Michael Massaia - Sheep Meadow Sunrise - Deep In A Dream
Michael Massaia
Sheep Meadow Sunrise - Deep In A Dream - Central Park
Gold Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2012, printed 2016
20 x 24 inches

Signed & numbered on recto - Signed, numbered, titled, & dated on verso (edition of 20).

Michael Massaia - Deep in A Dream - Central Park - Fading Away
Michael Massaia
Deep in A Dream - Central Park - Fading Away
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2011
24 x 20 inches
Signed, titled, dated numbered (edition of 20) on verso.
Michael Massaia - Deep in A Dream - Central Park - West Side Sunrise
Michael Massaia
Deep in A Dream - Central Park - West Side Sunrise
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
2009, Printed 2012
44 x 55 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 10) on verso.

Michael Massaia | 5th Avenue Exit, Deep In A Dream
Michael Massaia
5th Avenue Exit, Deep In A Dream - Central Park
Gold Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, printed 2016
20 x 24 inches

Signed & numbered on recto - Signed, numbered, titled, & dated on verso (edition of 20).

Michael Massaia - Deep in a dream - Central Park - West Side Sunrise #2
Michael Massaia
Deep In A Dream - Central Park - West Side Sunrise #2
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2013, printed 2013
20 x 24 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 20) on print's recto.

Michael Massaia - Deep in A Dream-Central Park-4am London Plane Trees
Michael Massaia
Deep in A Dream - Central Park - 4am London Plane Trees
Platinum/Palladium photograph on Somerset Satin Rag Paper
2009
42 x 32 inches
Signed, titled, dated and AP (from an edition of 5) on verso.
Michael Massaia - Afterlife - New Jersey - Rock & Roll Himalaya
Michael Massaia
Afterlife - New Jersey - Rock & Roll Himalaya
Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, Printed 2015
30 x 40 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and # 1/10 on recto.

Michael Massaia - Afterlife - New Jersey - The Dino Cafe
Michael Massaia
Afterlife - New Jersey - The Dino Cafe
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
2008
32 x 42 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 5) in pencil on verso

Michael Massaia - Afterlife - New Jersey - Moby Dick & Swing Ride
Michael Massaia
Afterlife - New Jersey - Moby Dick & Swing Ride
Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, Printed 2015
30 x 40 inches
Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and # 1/10 on recto.
Michael Massaia - Afterlife - New Jersey Shore - Point Pleasant Fun House
Michael Massaia
Afterlife - New Jersey Shore - Point Pleasant Fun House
Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2010, printed 2015
30 x 40 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and # 1/10 on recto.

Michael Massaia - Afterlife - New Jersey Shore - The Star Jet
Michael Massaia
Afterlife - New Jersey Shore - The Star Jet
Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2009, Printed 2015
20 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and # 10/20 on recto.

Michael Massaia - In The Final Throes, New Jersey, Somers Place
Michael Massaia
In The Final Throes, New Jersey, Somers Place
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1999
32 x 42 inches
Signed, titled, dated numbered (edition of 5) in pencil on verso
Michael Massaia - In The Final Throes, New Jersey, Oradell Home
Michael Massaia
In The Final Throes, New Jersey, Oradell Home
Platinum/Palladium Photograph
1999
42 x 32 inches
Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 5) in pencil on verso
Michael Massaia - In The Final Throes, New Jersey
Michael Massaia
In The Final Throes, New Jersey
Platinum/Palladium Photograph on Baryta Paper
1999
15 x 12 inches
Signed, titled, dated numbered (edition of 15) in pencil on verso
Michael Massaia
Michael Massaia
Seeing The Black Dog - Turnpike South
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2011, Printed 2014
30 x 40 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto.

Michael Massaia
Michael Massaia
Seeing The Black Dog - Godfrey Trucking
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2011, Printed 2014
30 x 40 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto.

Michael Massaia
Michael Massaia
Seeing The Black Dog - Two Peterbilts
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2012, Printed 2014
30 x 40 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto.

"Saudade" - Pinball Machines - Gottlieb's El Dorado - 1975
Michael Massaia
"Saudade" - Pinball Machines - Gottlieb's El Dorado - 1975
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2014
40 x 30 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto.

"Saudade" - Pinball Machines - Gottlieb's Free Fall - 1974
Michael Massaia
"Saudade" - Pinball Machines - Gottlieb's Free Fall - 1974
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2012, Printed 2014
40 x 30 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto.

"Saudade" - Pinball Machines - Gottlieb's Pinup - 1975
Michael Massaia
"Saudade" - Pinball Machines - Gottlieb's Pinup - 1975
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2013, Printed 2014
24 x 20 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and numbered (edition of 10) on recto.

In Michael Massaia’s silver platinum landscapes of Central Park, abandoned houses, and closed amusement parks, light takes on an eerie, incandescent quality. The exposures are made between 2:00 and 5:00 AM with a large format camera that records and defines the light that comes out of darkness. Isolation, disconnection, the shifting lines between revealing and concealing, and an attempt to put a spotlight on the ordinary are constants in all of his work. Night serves as the backdrop in which the photographer can record, or draw, an almost infinite patterning of light and create a world either real or imagined. On a metaphoric level, night is a time of darkness which, by nature, conceals objects, people, and locations.

Michael Massaia was born in 1978 and grew up in New Jersey, remaining around the New York City metro area in New Jersey throughout his life. His involvement in photography started in high school and he has remained consumed by a calling to create fine pictures ever since. He is self-taught and extremely well versed in the science of photography merging his astonishing technical talent with original and thoroughly planned compositional skills. He specializes in large format black and white film image captures and large format platinum and silver gelatin printing. Having researched and perfected negative exposure and processing including chemicals and even having built his own cameras, Massaia’s hand is in all that he does. He works alone and is the sole craftsman from the composing of the picture behind the ground glass to the moment the final print is made. Massaia’s photographs are true "one shot" scenes (his images are never composited from multiple exposures).

Having created various series of work such as “Deep in a Dream” that depicts Central Park during the nocturnal hours or solitary houses in New Jersey for “In the Final Throes: New Jersey,” the constant in Massaia’s work is a nocturnal atmosphere devoid of any human presence. Massaia has exhibited extensively throughout the United States showing his technical and compositional aptitude to a wide audience. His work has been featured in television documentaries, written about extensively in major photography magazines, and he has been a recipient in the 2013 Hearst 8 x 10 Photography Biennial. Today, Massaia continues to produce uniquely beautiful nocturnal compositions in brilliantly saturated blacks, whites, and grays.

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