About Me

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As a traveler and art photographer, I try to capture the essence of places and the people who live in them. My goal is to compose images that tell stories and define the line at which documentation becomes art.Over recent years, I have visited many parts of the world. These places have provided me rich opportunities to hone my skills and develop my own style.

When I rediscovered photography about ten years ago (as a kid, in some ancient time, I had my own darkroom), I thought I would concentrate on landscape and nature. But seeing other cultures up close has led me to focus on scenes with people in them as much as possible. I think they add so much interest to even the most beautiful of landscapes by raising unanswered questions or suggesting unique stories.

Lately I've been experimenting with black and white as well as patterns and abstracts, while also trying to simplify my compositions. I've always used Nikon SLR cameras and lenses, currently a D7100 with an 18 – 300MM lens.

I optimize my images with the help of Adobe Photoshop CC and a variety of NIK plug-in filters, and do my own printing with an Epson Stylus Pro 3880. Most of my prints are made with Epson UltraChrome K3 inks on Epson Ultra Presentation Paper Matte (formerly Enhanced Matte). I can print any size up to 17 x 22 inches. All of the images on this site are available for purchase. Please feel free to contact me if you have any interest or questions.

I have also published a book of my work called “A Photo Journey". It is available for viewing by clicking on the book below.


Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition, photo accepted and displayed, August 2014

Photography presentations at Pelican Bay Photo Guild and Mill City Commons, 2013 - 2014

"Nature, Wildlife and Landscape Images from Around the World," Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington, MN June - July 2011

Photography course Leader - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI),  University of Minnesota,  April 2011 - Present

Author of "Photo Tips" Monthly newsletter, approximately 450 subscribers January 2010 - Present

"Foot in the Door 4" Exhibition Minneapolis Institute of Arts February - June 2010

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition,  photo accepted and displayed, August 2009

“Capturing the Light” exhibit Sabes Jewish Community Center, Minneapolis November – December 2008

Israel exhibit Shir Tikvah Synagogue May – August 2008

Selected Israel images Jewish Community Center, St. Paul, MN January – February 2008

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition Photo accepted and displayed August 2007

“Women of Asia” The Woman's Club of Minneapolis May – June 2007 Big River Magazine

Cover Photo November – December 2006 “Against Forgetting—Beyond Genocide and Civil War”

Intermedia Arts January - March 2006, photo exhibit and presentation relating to Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp, Krakow, Poland

The Minneapolis Foundation, June – September 2005, selected India and Cambodia images

Lake Superior Magazine Photo contest March 2005, Cover Award

SE Asia presentation, Intermedia Arts,  July 2004


Mike Rosen

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