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 playing with Australian wildlife on black velvet.
It wasn’t until Brosnan picked up a copy of American GQ and then Vogue in his teens that his passion for photography was truly ignited. Photographers like Herb Ritz and Bruce Weber became his inspiration.
There was no career path for Fashion Photography as seen in Vogue or GQ, so Brosnan went on to study a BA in Modern Asian Studies at Griffith University and the University of Queensland. While a student, Brosnan modeled for Vivien’s Models, Brisbane appearing in tv commercials and fashion shows. He graduated with a major in Japanese language and economics, which later took him onto Tokyo where he lived and worked for 3 years.
Brosnan became friends with Japan’s top fashion stylist Masahiro Kurokawa and through him met the country’s top fashion photographer Kazuhiro Kobayashi. Seeing how much Brosnan loved the work, Kobayashi invited him to act as an interpreter (and sometimes model) on his studio shoots. Portrait photographer Greg Gorman met Brosnan in Tokyo and invited him to the States to help out in the studio and on sets.
Brosnan moved to Paris for the next 3 years where he would test shoot for France’s top model agencies. He then moved to London and began shooting Editorial for magazines. In 2006, he was accepted at Central Saint Martin’s and graduated with a Bachelor of Honours in Graphic Design. He worked as an Art Director for Moussaieff Jewellers and worked as a Digital Designer for various 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 essence of Natural Beauty. “it’s about the chemistry that happens between myself and the model”.
“Fashion Photography is about creating a story, combined with beautiful Lighting on Location, and in the Studio 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 the mind into the realm of art and creativity. However, capturing the instant or the moment that never can be replicated is what photography is truly about”.