Michael Putnam New York, New York, b. 1937

Biography

Michael Putnam graduated from the University of California, Berkley. He considers his black and white, documentary street scene photographs a kind of “visual anthropology.” His series Sleep consists of images of people sleeping in public places from the mid 1960s to 70s. It was shown at the Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA alongside Andy Warhol’s Sleep film from 1964. His work has been written about in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, among others. He was an artist in residence at Light Work in 1998, and his work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Bruce Berman Collection, LA; and Light Work, Syracuse.