February 1 - March 18, 2013
Alice R. Rogers Gallery & Target Gallery SJU
Reception: March 1, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Artist talk begins at 6:30 p.m.
MICHAEL CROUSER graduated from Saint John's University in 1985. He began making photographs in earnest at the age of fourteen, when he set up a darkroom in his parents' basement. After college he worked for several years in various Minneapolis commercial photography studios as an assistant, before setting out on his own. While working in the commercial world, Crouser began work on a personal project that would ultimately take fifteen years to complete and which would eventually become his first monograph, Los Toros (Twin Palms Publishers 2007).
At the 2008 International Photography Awards Los Toros, an exploration of the bullfighting around the world, was awarded first prize in the category of Fine Art Book. Crouser's second book, Dog Run (Viking Studio 2008), a black and white series on the intense play of dogs in urban dog parks, was equally well-received, and was listed as a top ten photography book of the year by the International Photography Awards, PhotoDistrict News and Communication Arts. Currently, Michael is seven years into a new book project which explores the disappearing world of cattle ranching in the mountains of Colorado. In January of 2012 Leica Gallery of New York exhibited "Michael Crouser: A Mid-Career Retrospective" which featured four distinct series from twenty-five years of his photography.
Crouser's work can be found in the permanent collections of The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Museum of Fine Art, Houston. He has taught at The International Center of Photography in New York, The Minneapolis Photo Center and The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He currently lives in Minneapolis.
Click below to watch brief videos regarding Crouser's work.
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