In Michael Massaia’s landscapes of Central Park, abandoned houses, and an amusement park, light has an eerie, incandescent quality. His exposures are made between 2:00 and 5:00 AM with a large format camera that records and defines the light that gathers out of darkness. Isolation, disconnection, the shifting lines between revealing and concealing, and a romantic attempt to spotlight 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’s involvement in photography started in high school and he has remained consumed by a calling to create fine pictures ever since. He specializes in large format black and white film image captures and large format platinum and silver gelatin printing. All of his photographs are true “one shot” scenes (his images are never composited from multiple exposures). Massaia 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. 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.