Shenyang Mukden Factory Cultural Industrial Park
After relocating to Beijing in 1991, Michael Cherney took up photography and calligraphy as a means to engage with China’s vast geography and history. Through his photographic journeys Cherney has become intimately familiar with classical landscape paintings, which in turn attune him to the tensions between the singular and the sublime, historical ideals and contemporary realities. His compositions often closely resemble classical paintings but contain details that betray their nature as contemporary photographs.
Cherney’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Getty Research Institute, and the university museums of Harvard.