New York-based photographer Michael Falco’s images have appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W Magazine. His first book Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America’s Main Street, published by Random House in 2003, is a collection of photographs spanning two years documenting life along the streets after Dr. Martin Luther King.
Falco’s panoramic image of the Fresh Kills Landfill was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art and included in its 2005 exhibition Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape.
In 2007 the city of New York commissioned a 10 x 30 foot photographic glass mural for the renovated Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
His second book, Cadell Dry Dock: 100 Years Harborside, published by Museum Press in 2009, chronicled one of the last remaining shipyards in New York Harbor.
In 2011 Falco began documenting the historic sites and recreated events of the American Civil War. Using a pinhole camera, Falco has followed in the steps of contemporary reenactors who keep the memory of this turning point in American history alive. As he writes:
“The impressions of these reenactors—so many descended from the very soldiers whose uniforms they wear—brought a dimension of verisimilitude and narrative drive to the project and, through the poetic prism of the pinhole, emerged not as play acting or costume drama, but as ghostly evocations of the spirits that hang over these fields.”
The Civil War Pinhole Project was exhibited at the Staten Island Museum in New York, in 2015. It has been recognized by the Library of Congress and is now part of the permanent collection of the National Archive on the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton, will publish Echoes of the Civil War, a monograph on The Civil War Pinhole Project in the autumn of 2016.