Jamaican-born photographer Michael Rowe has photographed some of the top names in the entertainment industry, including Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, Michael B. Jordan, Elizabeth Debicki, Ava DuVernay, Angela Bassett, Laverne Cox, Viola Davis, Spike Lee, Janelle Monáe and countless others. Clients include Amazon, Netflix, General Motors, Puma, People Magazine, Bloomberg News, Essence, Ebony, Complex, BuzzFeed, WSJ, The Wrap, Pantene…
Rowe splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
Artist Statement for Michael Rowe:
Jamaican-born photographer who now lives and works in New York City. I fell in love with photography in high school and purchased my first camera at a secondhand store for $80. After graduation with a BFA from Syracuse University, I moved to NYC, where I worked in the photography biz selling and editing photography. I am inspired by light and form. As a photographer, light is the key factor for me in creating and transforming a simple subject into a work of art.
Why are you a photographer?
I love all forms of art, but photography is my passion — it’s how I express myself. Photography allows me to capture all the beauty I see, to create memories, to tell a story.
What catches your eye?
Wow! So many things. Light, colors, faces, places. I live in NYC, so I am constantly visually stimulated every minute of the day.
How do you choose your subjects?
When I do get to choose my subject, I tend to choose what attracts me, physical beauty. Amazing faces and bodies. Call me shallow.
How do you describe your work?
Creative! Bold! Expressive! I love to capture images in creative ways. I use light, form, volume, color, and composition to create impact.
What makes a good photograph to you?
A great photograph will make me stop, stare, and think — it evokes an emotion.
Who are your favorite artists? And why?
So many, but two come to mind at the moment. Gordon Parks, a true artist. His images are some of the most evocative images I have seen. His work with Life magazine and the FSA work are truly outstanding. He used his photography to not only tell a story but to change lives and inspire. Richard Avedon — one of the most influential photographers of our times. From fashion to portraits, his work is truly inspirational.