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General Information

Name:  Michael L. Abramson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Illustrator Photographer

Born: 1948 in Jersey City, New Jersey


Illinois Connection

Abramson earned his Masters in Photography in 1977 from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He continued to live and work in Chicago thereafter.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael Abramson was a photographer. He produced commercial and documentary photographs for nearly four decades starting in the early 1970’s. His work appeared in numerous national and foreign publications including ''Forbes'', ''Fortune'', ''Newsweek'', and ''Time'' and his work has been exhibited at museums and galleries including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Milwaukee Art Museum, and The Philadelphia Art Museum. His Chicago nightlife photos taken during the 70's are collected in the book ''Light: on the South Side.'' It is a portfolio that is a part of a record album set that captured things that no one saw or took pictures of. This work is internationally known by photo connoisseurs.Today, Abramson's photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the California Museum of Photography, the Chicago Historical Society, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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