UHV/ABR READING SERIES
DATE: Thursday 10/13/2011
TIME: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: University of Houston-Victoria, Alcorn Auditorium (UW 204)
SPEAKER: Michael O'Brien
Michael O'Brien is a photographer noted for his portraiture. p>
O'Brien took up photography at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he became a photographer for the student newspaper. After graduation, O'Brien went to work as a staff photographer for The Miami News, where he eventually won two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism awards. O'Brien then moved to New York City where he began photographing people for Life, Geo, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, National Geographic, Esquire, Fortune, and Texas Monthly. Notable subjects photographed by O'Brien include Bill Cosby, Al Sharpton, Willie Nelson, Troy Aikman, and George W. Bush. In 1993, O'Brien moved to Austin, Texas, where he does both advertising and magazine photography.
O'Brien's photographs have been printed on the covers of more than twenty magazines. In addition, his photo prints are in the permanent collections of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Birmingham Museum of Art, International Center of Photography in New York, and Wittliff Collection of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at Texas State University.
Hard Ground (with Tom Waits) (2011)