Born and raised in New York City, Michael Halsband started photography as a hobby at age ten. At school, almost by chance, he was shown how to make a print from start to finish. Amazed by this process, he ran home and announced to his parents "I'm into photography". They said, "If you're into photography in a year, we will buy you a camera". For a year, Halsband happily printed old family snapshots in the darkroom and understood that true creation takes place there. For him, every step in photography serves getting into the darkroom. As a teen, Halsband attempted to gain admission to The School of Visual Arts with his drawings & paintings. The head of admissions was not impressed with Halsband's work and asked if he had anything else to show. The next day, Halsband came back with his photography and was immediately accepted into the school.


1981-1982 Tour Photographer for The Rolling Stones “Tattoo You” North American Tour
1982-1990 Fashion Photographer (Editorial & Ad campaigns including; The Gap, J. Crew, Adrienne Vittadini, Alexander Julian, Paul Stuart, Barney's, Pepsi)
1986-1991 Documented the School of American Ballet (underwritten by Danskin, USA produced six printed photo essays , one per year)
1991-1996 Pin-up Photograph & Portraits of Strippers & Sex Industry workers.
1994-1996 Photographed the Making of "Looking for Richard" a documentary film by Al Pacino
1995-1996 AC/DC “Ballbreaker” World Tour
1999 Traveled w/Hunter S. Thompson & Johnny Depp to Havana, Cuba for Rolling Stone Magazine
2000-2001 AC/DC “Stiff Upper Lip” World Tour
1999-2004 SURF BOOK: A Portrait of Surfing legend Joel Tudor through his Influences. A collaborative project documenting the most influential people in surfing. Book released Summer 2005
2005 SURF MOVIE:reels 1-14
2006 – 2010 Currently making portraits of Artists, Musicians and Surfers, and working on a new Surf Film for a Spring 2011 release, and book of his photographs while traveling with The Rolling Stones as tour photographer for their 1981 North American “Tattoo You” Tour. Currently Living & Working in New York City.
2008 - Present School of Visual Arts Adjunct Faculty Member / Alumni Society, Board member

Museum Collections, Awards & Media

Museum Collections
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Miami Museum of Contemporary Art
The Farnsworth Art Museum Rockland, Maine
Parrish Art Museum Southampton, NY.
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
Museo Würth La Rioja, Spain
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Sir Elton John Collection, Atlanta, GA

2012 Hamptons International Film Festival - Golden Starfish Award Winner: Audience Award
Best Short Feature, “Growing Farmers”
2005 International Photography Awards – Professional Photographer of the Year (nominee) - “Surf
2005 Festival International du Film de surf – Best Picture - “Surf Movie: Reels 1-14”
2002 Telly Award - Neil Diamond “Family Shot” – Director
2002 Hasselblad Master - The Hasselblad Masters Award
1994 Art Direction Magazine Creativity Award, Record Package Design,“Meat Puppets: Too High to Die”
1993 Certificate of Design Excellence, Epic Records CD Booklet Insert, “Shabba Ranks,
Xtra Naked”
1979 Art Direction Magazine “Creativity Certificate of Distinction ’79”, “The 1978 President’s Campaign
for the Hiring of the Handicapped” - Public Service Advertising

Show Reviews
ARTE FUSE 9/19/2012 "Halsband Connects With The 8 x 10”
Musee April 14, 2015 Michael Halsband: Halsband Portraits at The National Arts Club
Art Daily Halsband: Portraits National Arts Club, NYC
Time Magazine August 12, 2015 The Sports Show SVA Gallery, NY
Town & Country Magazine July 1, 2016 Water/Bodies Southampton Arts Center
Independant, September 20, 2017 Basquiat: Boom For Real, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Dan’s Paper November 1, 2017 Halsband: Portraits
East Hampton Star November 22, 2017
Southampton Press December 5, 2017
East Hampton Star December 26, 2017
Cool Hunting August 2, 2018 Sea Witch / Space Witch Modern Love Club, New York City,

Articles & Interviews

"Basquiat x Warhol | Interview de Michael Halsband”  Fondation Louis Vuitton
Urban Yogis: "Michael’s Story: Rock 'n' roll photography and yoga"
New York City photographer with decades of eternal portraits Michael Halsband | Friends of Friends
"Michael Halsband Has Been Along For The Ride” LYFSTYL
Whitehot magazine February 2010 "Moments in Pop Culture and the Everyday: an Interview with Michael Halsband”-
SURFER July 22, 2010 "SURF BOOK: Book Signing Party Bigger Than P-Diddy’s, Oh My
Surfers Journal “North of Madison” pgs. 78-87 June/ July 2017
Interview magazine “Inside The World of Michael Halsband” by Calvin Levels April 3, 2015:
Pilgrim Surf October 16, 2013:


Basquiat by Himself (Hirmer Verlag)
Warhol Andy Warhol: The Impossible Collection (Assouline)
Impresario: Malcolm McLaren & The British New Wave (M.I.T. Press)
Splash: A History of Swimwear (Rizzoli)
The Phish Book (Villard)
BASQUIAT. Jean-Michel Galerie Enrico Navarra
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Tony Shafrazi Gallery
Jean-Michel Basquiat (Whitney/Abrams)
Underworld by: Kelly Klein (Knoph)
King For A Day: Jean-Michel Basquiat
The White T: (Umbra Editions)
Michael Halsband 1997 Calender (te Neues)
25 Years of Texas Monthly (Stewart, Tabori,Chang)
Rock Style by Tommy Hilfiger (Universe)
Basquiat (Taschen) 2003
According to The Rolling Stones, (Weidenfield & Nicolson, The Orion Publishing Group)
COMBINE (Super X Media)
SURF BOOK, photographs by Michael Halsband, text by Joel Tudor (Michael Halsband Studio)
“To Repel Ghosts” Jean-Michel Basquait / Michael Halsband (Fundacion Marcelino Botín &
Fondazione Memmo, Palazzo Ruspoli)
Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp Eric Firestone Gallery Tucson, AZ
Indochine (Rizzoli) 2010
Pearl Jam “Twenty” book Simon & Schuster, 2011

Architectural Digest, Art News, Avenue, Details, Detour (monthly page 1995-98), Esquire, Flaunt, G.Q., House & Gardens, Interview, Life, Mademoiselle, Max, Musician, New York, New York Times Magazine, Ray Gun, Rolling Stone, Self, Seventeen, Spin, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue; (American, British, German, & Italian)

Podcast / Interviews
Cerebral Women, Art Talks Podcast, March 18
William Jess Laird Podcast with MICHAEL HALSBAND EP 025

Films, Music Videos & Commercials
Li’l Bow Wow “Bounce with Me” T.V. Commercials Director/Cinematographer
Vodaphone “Michael Richards” T.V. Commercials Director
Taj Mahal/Michael Richards "Mr. Pitiful" Director
Coolbone "Nothing but Strife" Director / 2nd Camera
Nuno Bettencourt "Crave" Director
Kenny Lattimore "Never Too Busy" Director
Brooklyn Funk Essentials "The Creator has a Master Plan" Director / 2nd Camera
Love Spit Love "Change in the Weather" Director / 2nd Camera
Sha'Key "Soulsville" Director / 2nd Camera
Frank Black "Headache" Director/Cinematographer
Murphy's Law "Live at the Grand, St. Patricks Day" Director/Cinematographer
Malcolm McLaren " Waltz Darling" & "Deep in Vogue" Director / 2nd Camera
Pepe Jeans "Eye" & "Flower" Director/Cinematographer
James Taylor “October Road guitar store” T.V. commercial Director/Cinematographer
SURF MOVIE: reels 1-14 A film by Michael Halsband, music by Richard Fortus Director/Cinematographer
The Water Dancer: Stephanie Gilmore 2012 Director/Cinematographer
Peconic Land Trust “Young Farmers” 2012 Director/Co-Producer/Cinematographer
2011 Quiksilver Womens Tv Water Dancer: Quiksilver Ambassadorr Stephanie Gilmore w/ Tiler Peck, Casandra “Defy” Rivera, Noemie Lafrance
2012 Young & Married Zeke & Stella spots for MTv
2013 Cinematographers in Focus Series for Tribeca Film Festival

Exhibitions & Galleries

"Strike Fast, Dance Lightly: Artists on Boxing”  The Church, Sag Harbor, NY  June 24 - September 3
“Andy Warhol’s Insiders” Gagosian Shop, London  May 25 - July 8
“BASQUIAT X WARHOL. PAINTING 4 HANDS" Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France April 5 - August 28
“Art Deco Hotels of South Beach Miami,1980” Betsy Hotel Miami, FL TBA
Artist Members Exhibition Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (Group Exhibition) March 7 - April 18
“Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat w/ Boxing Gloves” Saint Laurent Rive Droit Los Angeles, CA January 20 - February 24
“Andy Warhol & Jean-Michel Basquiat w/ Boxing Gloves” Saint Laurent Rive Droit Paris, France January 14 - February 21
“Portraits of Artists 1980 - 1985” Betsy Hotel Miami, FL December 1 - April 2020
Artist Members Exhibition Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY (Group Exhibition) March 9 - April 6
Paris Photo, Gagosian Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, France November 8-11
“Basquiat: Rage To Riches” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY. (premiere screening of BBC Documentary
movie) Michael Halsband plays Himself, September 6
“80’s Art Show” Peninsula Hotel, NY, NY. (group exhibition) June 27 - November 1
“Sea Witch/Space Witch” Modern Love Club, NY, NY. (group exhibition) June 21 - August 23
Gagosian Shop/Gallery, NY, NY “Jonas Wood ‘Prints’”, April 5 - May 25, 2018
“Artist Members Exhibition” Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY, (group exhibition) April 14 - May 19
"Basquiat: Boom for Real” Schirn Kunsthalle Museum, Frankfurt, Germany February 16 - May 27
“Halsband Portraits” Southampton Arts Center Southampton, NY. (solo exhibition)
Curated by Andrea Grover November 17 - December 31
“Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983” Museum of Modern Art,
NY, NY. (group exhibition) October 31–April 01, 2018
“Basquiat Boom For Real” Barbican London, UK September 21, 2017 - January 28, 2018
“An Invitational“ The Children’s Museum, Bridgehampton, NY. (group exhibition, curated by
Kimberly Goff) August 5 - September 5
“Men I Love” Modern Love Club, NY, NY. (group exhibition) April 29 - June 6
“From The Streets” ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY. (group exhibition) April 4 - July 15
Paris Photo / Gagosian Gallery, Grand Palais, Paris, France, November 10-13
“Lake Life” The Garage at Judy Black Memorial Park at Washington Depot, CT. (group exhibition) October
29 - November 6
“Water / Bodies” Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY. (group exhibition)
June 25 - July 3
“Art Faces” Permanent Collection Museo Würth La Rioja, Spain (group exhibition)
March 20, 2015 - February 28
“11th Annual Thanksgiving Collective” Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY. (group
exhibition) November 28 - January 31
“The Sports Show” School of Visual Arts Gallery, NY, NY. (group exhibition)
August 22 - September 19
“Halsband Portraits: Portraits from 1979 - Present” National Arts Club, Grand Gallery, NY, NY.
(solo exhibition) March 30 - April 25
”Permanent Collection Exhibition” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY. (group exhibition)
Winter 2014 - 2015
“Surf Book (out-takes)” Pilgrim Gallery, Amagansett, NY. (solo exhibition) August
“Atlantic Vibrations” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY. (group exhibition) August
“Ladies & Gents” Salomon Contemporary, NY, NY. (group exhibition) March 14 - April
Paris Photo, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France, November 15-18
Frieze, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK, October 11-14
fiac, Gagosian Gallery, Paris, France, October 18-21
“Thank You Andy Warhol” Benrimon Contemporary, NY, NY. (group exhibition) October 4-20
“Michael Halsband: 8x10” Portraits” Lost Weekend Orchard Street, NY, NY. (solo exhibition)
September 5 - December 31
“Warhol, Baquiat, Halsband” Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street London, UK, June 19 – August 11
“Sound Quality” Grey Area, NY, NY. (group exhibition) April 28 - May 24
“Hangin” w/ Steve Olson, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. March 3-9
“Michael Halsband: 8x10 Portraits” The Mandarin’s Tea Room, NY, NY. (solo exhibition)
January, 2012-2015
“Michael Halsband: SURF” Lost Weekend NY, NY. (solo exhibition) December
“Surf Movie: reels 1-14 a film by Michael Halsband” Muse /Center of Photography and the
Moving Image, NY, NY. October
“Warhol & Basquiat” Arken Museum of Modern Art Copenhagen, Denmark (group exhibition)
September 2011 – January 2012
“Local 87” John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY. (group exhibition)
July - September
“Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports” The Andy Warhol Museum,
Pittsburgh, PA. (group exhibition) May – August
“Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp” Eric Firestone Gallery Tucson, AZ. (group exhibition)
“Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp” Eric Firestone Gallery East Hampton, NY. (group exhibition)
“Swell” Nyehaus Gallery NY, NY. (group exhibition)
“Swell” Metro Pictures NY, NY. (group exhibition)
“Andy Warhol Black & White” Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. (group exhibition)
“Plank Road” Salomon Contemporary Fine Art Gallery NY, NY. September 15 - October 30
(group exhibition)
“Down By Law” Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY. (group exhibition)
“Nixon Art Mosh” Chelsea, New York, NY. September 17 (group exhibition)
“Michael Halsband, Recent Work: 8x10 Portraits” Salomon Contemporary Fine Art,
East Hampton, NY. (solo exhibition) August 28 - October 4
“Basquiat” Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland (group exhibition) May 9–September 5
“To Repel Ghosts” Jean-Michel Basquiat/Michael Halsband, Fundacion Marcelino Botín
Santander, Spain, July 10 - September 14
“To Repel Ghosts” Jean-Michel Basquiat/Michael Halsband, Fondazione Memmo, Palazzo
Ruspoli, Rome, Italy, October 2, 2008 - February 1, 2009
“Michael Halsband: PORTRAITS” Salomon Contemporary Fine Art, East Hampton, NY.
(solo exhibition) August 20 - September 3
“Surf Movie: reels 1-14” Salomon Contemporary Fine Art, East Hampton, NY. (movie screening)
August 21
“SURF BOOK Portraits” Gallerie Biscarol Biarritz, France (solo exhibition)
“SURF BOOK Portraits” Surf Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. (solo exhibition)
“George Greenough Retrospective” Huntington Beach Surf Museum, CA. (group exhibition)
“George Greenough Retrospective” Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, CA. (group exhibition)
“Surf Culture New York”, Milk Gallery NY, NY. (group exhibition)
“Here It Is/This Is It” Glenn Horowitz Booksellers Gallery East Hampton, NY. (group exhibition)
“North Fork/South Fork Show” Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY. (group exhibition)
“Surf Movie: reels 1-4” Guild Hall East Hampton, NY. (movie screening)
“Surf Movie: reels 1-14” New Filmmakers New York Anthology Film Archives NY, NY.
(movie screening)
“Michael Halsband: Rock Stars” VH-1 Gallery, NY, NY. (solo show)
“Michael Halsband: Heart & Soul” Modern Culture Gallery NY, NY. (solo show)
“Surfs Up!” Glenn Horowitz Booksellers Gallery, East Hampton, NY. (group exhibition)
July 14 - August 16
“Michael Halsband photographs: surfing” Foam Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. (solo exhibition)
“Basquiat En La Habana” Bienal De La Habana, Museum of Rum, Fundación Havana Club,
Havana, Cuba (solo exhibition)
“Michael Halsband: Cuba” Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, Havana, Cuba (solo exhibition)
“Michael Halsband” Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia Bergen MFA Gallery,
Savannah, GA. (solo exhibition) April 8 - May 2

“Michael Halsband” F-stop Restaurant, NY, NY. (solo exhibition)
“Pictures of Texas Monthly: Twenty-five Years” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
(group exhibition)
“Beyond Words” Hasselblad 50th Anniversary group exhibition, Cologne, Germany
Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA.
Michael Halsband "Photographs 1980-91” Marcelle Fine Art, NY, NY. (solo exhibition)
"Art News Show" International Center of Photography, NY, NY. (group exhibition)
Alex Rosenberg Gallery, NY, NY. (group exhibition)
“Michael Halsband” Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY. (solo exhibition)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You Tour” Snug Harbor Cultural Center,
Staten Island, NY. (solo exhibition)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You Tour” Gifu Parco, Gifu City, Japan
(solo exhibition)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You Tour” Shinsaibashi Parco Osaka, Japan
(solo exhibition)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You Tour” Asahikawa Seibu Asahikawa
Hokkaido Japan (solo exhibition)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You Tour” Kichijoji Parco Tokyo, Japan,
(solo exhibition)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You Tour” Sapporo Parco Oita Kyushu Japan
(solo exhibition)
“Michael Halsband: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You Tour” Alex Rosenberg Gallery, NY, NY.
(solo exhibition)
"Heros, Heroines & Fans" Floating Foundation of Photography, NY, NY. (group exhibition) August
“Michael Halsband” Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C. (solo exhibition)
“Fourth Anniversary Group Exhibition” Chinese Chance / One University Place NY, NY.
“Michael Halsband, Jim Jacobs, Reiner Gross” Tower Gallery, Southampton, NY.
“Michael Halsband, Portraits” School of Visual Arts Gallery, Soho NY, NY. (solo exhibition)