Trigger warning: This episode does include discussion on sexual abuse and drug addiction.
On this episode of What Makes You Click, Kelvin welcomes Michael Tighe, a portrait photographer and actor based in Los Angeles. Listen in as he tells the story of his quick rise to success, his coming back to photography after recovering from drug addiction, and his transition into acting.
Michael shares how he learned the basics of developing photographs at a young age, sparking a curiosity that has lasted his whole life. He details why he decided to leave the School of Visual Arts, what drove him to make a living as a photographer, and his experience studying with Philippe Halsman, Richard Avedon, and Arnold Newman. Michael describes how he developed his own unique style as a photographer and how he got connected with celebrities, like Andy Warhol, to photograph them, sharing jaw-dropping stories of being a young, talented artist in a sea of ego-driven fame.
Tune in to gain insight into Michael’s experience overcoming drug addiction and homelessness, relapsing, and what caused him to stop doing photography for a living. Plus, he talks about his recent experimentation with acting, why he has become an actor later in life, and the status of his one-man show.
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People + Resources Mentioned:
Richard Avedon: www.avedonfoundation.org
Henri Cartier-Bresson: www.henricartierbresson.org
Robert Frank: www.icp.org/browse/archive/constituents/robert-frank
School of Visual Arts: www.sva.edu
Philippe Halsman: www.philippehalsman.com
Magnum Photos: www.magnumphotos.com
Arnold Newman: www.arnoldnewman.com
Yousuf Karsh: www.karsh.org
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon: www.austinkleon.com/steal
Celebrity Service: www.celebrityservice.com
George Hurrell: https://georgehurrell.com/
George Platt Lynes: www.howardgreenberg.com/artists/george-platt-lynes/featured-works
Andy Warhol: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Warhol
Bianca Jagger: https://www.crfashionbook.com/celebrity/g27042168/bianca-jaggers-secret-moments/
Raging Bull film: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081398/
Francesco Scavullo: www.artnet.com/artists/francesco-scavullo
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron: www.juliacameronlive.com/the-artists-way