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Mike Osborne  (Austin, TX), HPD, 2010

Mike Osborne
Austin, Texas


In a feat requiring skill, cunning, and confidence, Austin-based photographer Mike Osborne uses the most traditional and awkward of cameras, the tripod-mounted, large-format view camera, to record the dynamics of street life in China, Germany, and the United States. In his most recent series, he considers the unplanned and mostly uninhabited streets of Houston. With a sharp eye for compelling patterns and compositions, he photographs strip malls, tangles of utility lines and poles, traffic snarls, generic office buildings, and other nearly charm-free features of the cityscape. In the process, he reveals the patterns, construction and movement that shape life in the fourth-largest city in the country, as well as aspects of the methods and the madnesses that color it.


Mike Osborne received his B.A. in English from Stanford University in 2000 and his M.F.A. in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. He was a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan, received a 2007 Houston Center for Photography Fellowship, and was a 2008-2009 resident fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2011, Mr. Osborne will participate in the Center for Land Use Interpretation Wendover Residence program in Utah. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Austin Museum of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art.