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Michael Barath
Canton, OH

About the Artist

Michael Barath is a photographer, educator, and human being living in Canton, Ohio. He is a perpetual student of photography as well as an instructor at Stark State College where he has been teaching for over 15 years.

Michael has been photographing for many years, seriously for the past 13, when grandchildren Hannah and Ayden were born. He’s always been emotionally connected to photography because his mother was an amateur photographer. Perhaps he is trying to extend her legacy by creating something of his own.

Throughout Michael’s life he’s had and internal debate – is it better to…

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About the Artist

Michael Barath is a photographer, educator, and human being living in Canton, Ohio. He is a perpetual student of photography as well as an instructor at Stark State College where he has been teaching for over 15 years.

Michael has been photographing for many years, seriously for the past 13, when grandchildren Hannah and Ayden were born. He’s always been emotionally connected to photography because his mother was an amateur photographer. Perhaps he is trying to extend her legacy by creating something of his own.

Throughout Michael’s life he’s had and internal debate – is it better to be pretty good at a lot of things, or world class at one thing? Unfortunately, he’s never had the attention span to commit more than a couple of years to any one pursuit: birding, climbing, bicycle racing, dog training, and more. That is, except photography. Here, he actually combines all his interests with photography by using them as subjects. Michael doesn’t know if he has the talent to be world class, but so far the camera strongly holds his attention.

Much of Michael’s personal work centers on nostalgia, in particular, feelings from childhood. This is something, of course, that only he can remember. But the wonder of artistic expression lies in its ability to evoke memories in others: a threadbare bedspread, a rusted hand pump, a counter-top juke box, a set of worn stairs, a wooden screen door. Michael remains fascinated with the connotative nature of art: how a piece will evoke different memories and feelings in each individual who experiences the work. His greatest accomplishment is when he can make others feel, tickle their hearts, give rise to a tear, unearth the key to a secret garden.

Artist’s Work

Double Exposures
Phoenix plants
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Phoenix Plants

By Michael Barath

Feather 3
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Feather 3

By Michael Barath

Phoenix rising 2
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Phoenix Rising

By Michael Barath

Feather 2
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Feather 2

By Michael Barath

Fingernails
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Fingernails

By Michael Barath

Feather 1
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Feather 1

By Michael Barath

Cookie cutter
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Cookie Cutter

By Michael Barath

Tired eyes
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Tired Eyes

By Michael Barath

Feather 5
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Feather 5

By Michael Barath

Smoke and mirror
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Smoke and Mirror

By Michael Barath

Rent
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Rent

By Michael Barath

Scars revisited
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Scars Revisited

By Michael Barath

Self portrait with boo
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Self-Portrait with Boo

By Michael Barath

Shorn
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Shorn

By Michael Barath

Feather 4
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Feather 4

By Michael Barath

Phoenix 3
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Phoenix

By Michael Barath

Phoenix sees
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Phoenix Sees

By Michael Barath

Interiors
Factory elevator
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Factory Elevator

By Michael Barath

Victorian wallpaper
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Victorian Wallpaper

By Michael Barath

Victorian closet
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Victorian Closet

By Michael Barath

Factory doorways
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Factory Doorways

By Michael Barath

Victorian green wallpaper
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Victorian Green Wallpaper

By Michael Barath

Victorian kitchen
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Victorian Kitchen

By Michael Barath

Factory portal
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Factory Portal

By Michael Barath

Dance
Ballet tutu from above
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Ballet Tutu from Above

By Michael Barath

Ballet tutu on fire escape
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Ballet Tutu on Fire Escape

By Michael Barath

Ballet silhouette 1
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Ballet Silhouette 1

By Michael Barath

Ballet tutu under fire escape
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Ballet Tutu Under Fire Escape

By Michael Barath

Ballet pique in brick
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Ballet Pique in Brick

By Michael Barath

Ballet soft tutu
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Ballet Soft Tutu

By Michael Barath

Ballet releve in brick
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Ballet Releve in Brick

By Michael Barath

Color
Balloon reflections
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Balloon Reflections

By Michael Barath

Selected Exhibitions

  • Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography
    Canton, OH, 2015
  • Gallery 121
    Massillon Ohio, 2015
  • Massillon Museum
    Massillon Ohio, 2014
  • Cleveland International Airport
    Cleveland, OH, 2014
  • Journey Art Gallery
    Canton, OH, 2014

Education

  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh, BS
    Pittsburgh, PA,2014 
  • Kent State University, MEd
    Kent, OH,2000 
  • Walsh University, BA
    Canton, OH,1977