Piece description from the artist
long beach, california.
lebanese-american documentary / street photographer, filmmaker michael rababy likes taking pictures of people. he studied art history at the university of san diego before spending time in paris. taking influence from henri toulouse-lautrec and henri cartier-bresson.
his ethnographic documentary book “american bachelor” details the highs and lows of the single male, followed by “folsom street food court”, an irreverent take on the annual street fair in san francisco. his clients / credits include the VICE magazine photo book, mercedes-benz, E!, the style network, fine living, people magazine, LA weekly, the village voice, time-out new york, hamburger eyes, james franco / paul mccarthy, the sundance institute, the yes men, citizen LA, and l’oeil de la photographie. his street photography was featured in girlfriend confidential:LA and he was the official portrait photographer for TLC’s highly rated series LA ink. michael also curates photography exhibits at the hive gallery in the downtown los angeles arts district and created the book “california love – a visual mixtape”.
his short film 'still lives', which tells a story through black and white still photographs set to piano music, premiered at the palm springs international short film festival, was an official selection of the miami short film festival. his film ‘january man’ screened as an official selection at at the boston international film festival and the miami short film festival. overall, his work can be described as emotionally charged poetic-realism.
michael lives in california and is currently at work on his latest devastating masterpiece.