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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Michael Hicks - Something More Than Night

Jul 15, 2020

Something More Than Night is driven by the search for purpose in an absurd world. I scrutinize how roles are performed in society and how they play into this search for meaning.

I consider myself both a casting director and a location scout. In creating a world, I seek out people and places that evoke an uncanny normalcy, of something that feels both real and manufactured, both of this world and set apart from it.

The subjects of my photographs are characters that I have cast as hotel clerks, salespeople, actors and actresses, bartenders, police detectives. They move through a manufactured landscape, playing their prescribed roles, existing in suspended moments of tension that never resolve, aware that death lies at the end of every road. The action is happening just out of frame, much like death, standing at the edge of what we can comprehend.