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MICHAEL BROSNAN WAS BORN IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA INTO AN ENGINEERING FAMILY. HIS MOTHER A SCHOOL TEACHER, WHOSE PASSION WAS ART AND WOULD PAINT PAINTINGS OF ABORIGINAL BABIES ON BLACK VELVET THAT SHE WOULD SELL IN ART GALLERIES TO TOURIST. THE HOUSE WAS ADORNED WITH HER WORK. HIS MOTHER MADE ALL HER OWN CLOTHES AND WOULD REGULARLY VISIT THE DEPARTMENT STORE TO BUY THE LATEST PATTERNS FROM FRANCE. SHE ORGANIZED THE MOST STYLISH DINNER PARTIES FOR HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THIS IS WHERE, FROM AN EARLY AGE BROSNAN BECAME FASCINATED IN FASHION. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON SUNDAYS WAS ALSO A MEMORABLE TIME FOR BROSNAN. WATCHING FROM THE CHURCH’S LARGE GLASS WINDOWS HE WOULD BE ABSORBED BY ALL THE UPPER MIDDLE CLASS, PROFESSIONAL FAMILIES TURNING UP LATE TO MASS DRESSED IN THEIR FINEST SUNDAY CLOTHES.

 

AT AGE 12 BROSNAN’S MOTHER PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY AND HIS CONNECTION TO THE WONDERFUL PARTIES OF HIS MOTHER’S GLAMOROUS FRIENDS STOPPED. HIS FASCINATION WITH SARTORIAL STYLE WOULD LATER BE IGNITED BY HANGING OUT IN SHOPPING MALLS WHERE HE WOULD WATCH STUNNING MALE AND FEMALE MODELS STRUT THE LATEST FASHIONS.

 

HIS SISTER DEBBIE WAS SCOUTED BY A LOCAL MODEL AGENCY AND BROSNAN WOULD ATTEND ALL HER SHOWS AND FOLLOW HER ON SET FOR ANY TV COMMERCIAL SHE APPEARED IN. HE LATER WORKED FOR VIVIEN’S MODELS BRISBANE APPEARING IN TV COMMERCIALS AND FASHION SHOWS. THIS TIME THE FASHION BUG TRULY STUCK. BROSNAN WOULD BUY ANY MAGAZINE THAT WOULD IDENTIFY MALE MODELS IN A SENSUAL WAY, SEXUALITY OF THE MALE FORM WAS PROHIBITED IN QUEENSLAND, MEN COULD ONLY BE FOUND ADORING THE ARMS OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND ONLY FOUND IN THEIR SWIMMERS IN TOURIST BROCHURES.

 

IT WASN’T UNTIL BROSNAN PICKED UP A COPY OF AMERICAN GQ AND THEN VOGUE THAT HIS PASSION WAS TRULY IGNITED. PHOTOGRAPHERS LIKE HERB RITZ AND BRUCE WEBER BECAME HIS INSPIRATION, HE WOULD CUT OUT THEIR IMAGES OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN & MEN IN VARIOUS SCENES INTERACTING WITH OTHERS, ESPECIALLY IN A SCENIC LOCATIONS AND STUCK THEM UP INSIDE HIS WARDROBE AND BEHIND HIS BEDROOM DOOR AS TO HIDE THEM FROM HIS FATHER.

 

THERE WAS NO CAREER PATH FOR FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY AS SEEN IN VOUGE OR GQ, SO BROSNAN WENT ON TO STUDY A BA  IN MODERN ASIAN STUDIES AT GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY AND THEN UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND. HE GRADUATED WITH A MAJOR IN JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND ECONOMICS, WHICH LATER TOOK HIM ONTO TOKYO, JAPAN WHERE HE LIVED AND WORKED FOR 3 YEARS.

 

HE BECAME FRIENDS WITH JAPAN’S TOP FASHION STYLIST MASAHIRO KUROKAWA AND THROUGH HIM MET JAPAN’S TOP FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER KAZUHIRO KOBAYASHI. KOBAYASHI SAW HOW MUCH BROSNAN LOVED HIS WORK THAT HE INVITED HIM TO ACT AS AN INTERPRETER ON HIS STUDIO SHOOTS AND SOMETIMES WOULD WORK FOR HIM AS A MODEL. KOBAYASHI A CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHER EXPRESSED A NEW FOUND SEXUALITY IN HIS WORK SIMILAR TO HELMUT NEWTON, WHICH INDULGED THE VIEWER INTO AN EMOTIVE SENSE OF SEXUAL DESIRE. HE WOULD CAPTURE THE CHEMISTRY AND ELEGANCE OF THE MOST SYMMETRICALLY GIFTED WOMEN AND MEN IN THE MOST SOPHISTICATED AND LUXURIOUS SCENES. THE IMAGES REFLECTED AN AFFLUENT ARTISTRY WITH UNDERLYING TONES OF KOBAYASHI’S DARK SIDE WHICH EXCITED HIM. KOBAYASHI WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT CREATING A REAL PERCEPTION OF HIGH SOCIETY.

 

GREG GORMAN ALSO INFLUENCED BROSNAN TO PICK UP THE CAMERA. HE MET HIM AT HIS SHOW IN TOKYO AND HE LATER INVITED HIM TO THE STATES WHERE HE WOULD HELP OUT IN THE STUDIO AND ON SETS; BOTH GORMAN AND KOBAYASHI SUGGESTED BROSNAN TO START TESTING STRAIGHT AWAY. IT WAS IN TOKYO THAT BROSNAN DISCOVERED THE WORK OF STEVEN MEISEL AND PETER LINDENBERG. KOBAYASHI WOULD BUY THE LATEST ISSUES OF ITALIAN VOGUE WHENEVER HE WENT ABROAD. MEIZEL AND LINDENBERG WOULD CREATE IMAGES THAT PROVOKED THE EXTRAORDINARY AND SET A NEW PARADIGM IN FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY. HERB RITZ ALSO VISITED TOKYO FOR ONE OF HIS SHOWS AND THERE BROSNAN GOT TO MEET HIS ICON AT A BOOK SIGNING.

 

BROSNAN MOVED TO PARIS, FRANCE FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS WHERE HE WOULD TEST SHOOT FOR FRANCE’S TOP MODEL AGENCIES. AFTER FRANCE HE MOVED TO LONDON AND BEGAN SHOOTING EDITORIAL FOR MAGAZINES. IN 2006 HE DECIDE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. HE WAS ACCEPTED BY CENTRAL SAINT MARTIN’S AND STUDIED A BA HONORS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN. BROSNAN FELT THAT HE NEEDED TO GO BACK AND STUDY AS THERE WAS AN EMERGING DIGITAL WORLD ON ITS WAY AND FELT HE NEEDED TO GRASP ITS TECHNOLOGIES. HE WORKED AS AN ART DIRECTOR, DESIGNING EVERYTHING FROM BOOKS FOR MOUSSAIEFF JEWELERS TO DESIGNING WEBSITES FOR FASHION LABELS.

 

IN 2016 BROSNAN DECIDED TO PICK UP THE CAMERA ONCE AGAIN. HIS PHOTOGRAPHY EXPLORES A REFLECTION OF THE DECISIVE MOMENT FOUND IN MODERN PORTRAITURE PHOTOGRAPHY WHERE SENSUALITY BECOMES THE ESSENCES OF ONES NATURAL BEAUTY. “IT’S ABOUT A CHEMISTRY THAT HAPPENS BETWEEN MYSELF AND THE MODEL”.

 

BROSNAN’S TASTES HAVE DEVELOPED AND NOW HE IDENTIFIES WITH PHOTOJOURNALISM, AND THE ART OF PERFORMANCE. “IT’S LIKE BEING A FLY ON THE WALL AND STEPPING INTO SOMEONE ELSES REALITY. FASHION IS ABOUT CREATING A STORY, COMBINED WITH INTERESTING LOCATIONS AND SMART STYLING TO CREATE A CONTEXT INTO WHICH THE STORY IS TOLD. THE MORE RELEVANT AND REAL THE STORY BECOMES THE MORE FASCINATING IT IS IN A HISTORICAL CONTEXT. AND THE MORE YOU PLAY WITH JUXTAPOSITION THE MORE YOU PROVOKE ONES MIND INTO THE REALM OF ART AND CREATIVITY. HOWEVER, CAPTURING THE INSTANT OR THE MOMENT THAT NEVER CAN BE REPLICATED IS WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY IS TRUELY ABOUT”.

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