Michael Paris Mazzeo is a private art dealer, educator, editor, and photographer who has produced critically recognized exhibitions, publications, and events since 2005. Specializing in contemporary photography and works on paper, he has advised collectors, developed projects, and placed artists's works in major museums and private collections around the globe. As owner and director of the Michael Mazzeo Gallery he awarded fifteen artists their first New York solo exhibitions and included more than 100 others in group shows. He is currently developing an online arts magazine about photography and related media.
Having participated in panel discussions, lectures, and juried photography competitions throughout the country, Michael believes that art should educate and inspire, question tradition, challenge assumptions and confound expectations. His commitment to art and education is evidenced by his long and diverse teaching career, having served on the faculties of Parsons New School for Design, The School of Visual Arts, The Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, New Jersey City University and currently, The International Center of Photography and CUNY - Borough of Manhattan Community College. He has been a featured reviewer at FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, Photolucida, Critical Mass, Foto DC, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, The Center of Photography at Woodstock, ICP, ASMP, SPE, Photo Plus Expo, and powerHouse Books.
Michael offers honest, constructive criticism, editing, and guidance to artists, from student to professional, based on their current standing and future goals. He can advise artists on all issues, from technical to project development to marketing. He is willing to review all types of photography, artist books, video, and mixed media, but prefers not to see traditional landscape, travel, or commercial work. He suggests that all artists bring a CD of images no larger than 72ppi and 1000px on the longest side. The title of each image file should begin with the artist's name.