About the Photographer
American, b. 1943
Michael Rubin began taking photographs in the 1960s, using a 35mm camera, while he was stationed in Japan with the U.S. Air Force. After returning to the United States, Rubin continued to pursue his interest in photography, and in the 1970s he started using large format cameras to photograph the American landscape in black and white, following the examples of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Since then, for over thirty years, he has developed his practice as a landscape photographer, while making a living as a businessman. Although Rubin lived in Chicago in the mid-1970s and 1980s and has photographed sites of natural beauty in the state of Illinois, such as the LaSalle Canyon waterfall in Starved Rock State Park, his primary focus has been on the landscapes of the American West. After working with large format black and white film for most of his career, Rubin now photographs in color as well, using digital equipment.