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The Pure Art Gallery, hosted by www.purefrancenow.com, welcomes Mike Ford to their select portfolio of international artists, photographers, and image-makers.
Mike Ford’s unusual and eclectic images and style of photographic approach is internationally renowned. A highly creative and original image ‘artist’, Mike’s special gallery presentation adds a particularly contemporary and poignant quality to The Pure Art Gallery.
Mike Ford found his artistic passion and vision when a career change took him from Yorkshire to London in the 1970’s. For five years he travelled the world as assistant to the celebrated fashion photographer Robert Belton, and Mike regards this time as an awakening, his stimulus to produce striking commercial images.
After leaving London Mike joined a daily newspaper, and his experiences as a press photographer resulted in a desire to capture an arresting image efficiently and without “fuss”. He continues this working pattern to this day.
In 2001 Mike took up semi-retirement in the South of France, where he still has a home today. With time to travel and without commercial pressures, he now shoots images to please himself and hopes others will enjoy his view of the world. He says “I am fascinated by the interplay between colour and tone, the relationship between a person and the space they occupy at any given moment…. “
Mike has exhibited at the Geras Tousignant Gallery and Spectrum in San Francisco, USA, and numerous galleries close to his home in France.
He has recently completed a major show in Dubai entitled ‘Life’. This was an ideal opportunity for Mike to successfully show off his work and creative talent in a new market in the Middle East.
His major part in this new show, organised very professionally by United Arts – an up-and-coming company based in Dubai, was subtitled ‘People, Places and Patterns’.
It was the perfect showcase for Mike’s contemporary, thought-provoking images.
Exhibitions are also planned for London and Australia in 2009.