Born in 1966, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Michael Cichon is a photographer who uses his camera to document and tell stories. His inspiration is derived from critical thinking, comedy and a tourist consciousness that is both “apart” and “a part” of the world. Born to parents who worked for an airline,
Mr. Cichon was privileged to travel extensively as a child and young adult, thus exposing him to different cultures and ways of seeing.
His environmental portrait work is a blend of editorial reportage, social commentary and an exploration of conceptual concepts that can be critical and satirical. In the former Mr. Cichon explores his subjects as characters to tell a story or describe a scene. In the later he uses still life and portrait photography (often self portraits) to give voice and visual representation to ideas and characters which he unleashes in himself and those who pose for him. For Cichon photography is an ongoing and necessary ritual of exploring concepts and telling stories