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The Center For The Arts Presents In Remembrance of a Peaceful Warrior Photography by Michael Christopher Black

Exhibit: April 2 – May 7, 2021

The Granucci Gallery

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  • Art Closing: Fri. May 7, 2021 • 5-7pm
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An exhibition of photography by Michael Christopher Black (1989 – 2019) that documents his encounters during a five-year journey traveling the world on a motorcycle with his vintage Rolleiflex camera. This exhibition has been compiled from his negatives by his mother, Sally Black, as a tribute to his memory and the short, but passionate life Michael lived. 


About the Artist: Michael Christopher Black (1989 – 2019)

Michael was a peaceful warrior who traveled the world trying to make a difference in people’s lives. Michael had a strong sense of justice and equality and was a mentor to many people. He was passionate about life and the people he met.
In 2014, Michael began a five-year journey traveling the world on a Royal Enfield Motorcycle photographing his encounters. Traveling profoundly changed Michael. His trips to India and Nepal especially had a deep impact on him.
Michael was on the island of Tinos, Greece when he suddenly and tragically passed away at the age of 30 from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident.

At the time he was studying the art of analog photography with his teacher, Sebran D’Argent, a famous Paris photographer living on Tinos Island. Michael was in his fourth year of mentorship and getting ready to show his photos in Paris when he passed. He had already traveled extensively through the US, Mexico, India, Australia, Turkey and many other places in Europe taking photographs and inspiring many wherever he went.

The photographs from India were taken between 2015-2018. Michael used a vintage Rolleiflex camera, many of them hand-developed by Michael.

Michael’s many gifts included capturing the essence or heart of people whether it was taking photographs or merely having a conversation with them. His love for humanity, earth’s many living creatures and the environment is embraced in each of his photographs. One can see by his beautiful photos that he wanted to share his vision and make a difference in the world.
To honor Michael’s passion for analog photography, his family compiled his many negatives and created this website to share Michael’s art with everyone.



In Remembrance of a Peaceful Warrior will be on display in The Granucci Gallery at The Center for the Arts from April 1 – May 7, 2021. The Center for the Arts is located at 314 W. Main Street in downtown Grass Valley.



Special Events

Art Opening: Friday, April 2, 2021 • 5-7pm [rsvp]
Art Closing: Friday, May 7, 2021 • 5-7pm [rsvp]


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