Michael Jurick’s interest in photography began while studying art history at Tulane University in New Orleans. The vibrant and visually rich city became the backdrop for his first images and inspired Jurick’s lifelong passion for photography. “Study history and make it better” is a personal mantra that guides Jurick’s eclectic visual and art historical influences. A visit to Dali’s home in Figueras in 1990, was a formative event for Jurick and Dali’s unsettling compositions opened Jurick’s mind to art’s ability to create alternate realities. Jurick translated this into a successful career in commercial photography and he is known as New York City's finest event and family photographer.
In addition to his commercial work, Jurick has long been devoted to his personal photography practice centered on his travels around the globe and in his own backyard of New York City. Across a variety of locations, he brings forth a sense of isolation and frozen timelessness to each image. Natural scenes loom over the viewer and remind us of our insignificance in the face of nature’s unfathomable power and grand scale. Cloud structures are dramatically rendered against inky skies, their beauty and raw power permanently etched onto each image. Jurick’s urban scenes and intimate family moments also appear removed from daily life and suspended outside of time. Behind his lens, Central Park becomes a white canvas of snow that may never melt in Bethesda Fountain, the familiar bustle and grit of the city magically erased. Jurick is deeply committed to creating images of striking beauty and capturing vistas rarely seen in everyday life. A consummate explorer, he often treks long distances to reach the perfect vantage point and masters new technology to create unique and engaging images. Photographs of Wyoming and Montana stun the viewer with their jaw dropping beauty and scale, while quiet moments in snowy Central Park transform it into a serene landscape void of the usual city bustle. Jurick brings this same sensibility to unique views around the world including Albania, Malta and, Israel and is always searching for the next location to turn his lens towards.
In 2014, Michael Jurick’s photographs of rock and roll star Jack White were included in the exhibition Jack White: American Roots, at the Ono Arte Contemporanea in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition included works by a renowned group of music photographers and presented a photographic journey inside the life and career of one of the most celebrated musicians of our time.
A selection of works from Infrared are also currently on view at Yellowstone Club in Big Sky Montana.