Instant Works by Michael Behlen

About

Michael Behlen is a photography enthusiast from Fresno, CA. He works in finance and spends his free time shooting instant film and seeing live music, usually a combination of the two. He has self- published two Polaroid photobooks--“Searching for Stillness, Vol. 1” and “I Was a Pioneer,” literally a boxed set of his instant film work. He recently had work shown at Tête de L'Art Association's Group ExPolaroid Exhibition, "Polaroid Is Not Dead" at Hôtel Pasteur à Rennes in France during the month of May 2017. He has been published, been interviewed, and been reviewed in a quantity of magazines and online publications, from” F-Stop” and “The Impossible Project Magazine” to “The Film Shooter’s Collective.” He loves the magic sensuality of instant film: its saturated, surreal colors; the unpredictability of the medium; it’s addictive qualities as you watch it develop. Behlen is the Publisher of PRYME Editions.

Past Exhibitions and Press

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions
-Contributor: Tête de L'Art Association's Group ExPolaroid Exhibition, "Polaroid Is Not Dead #2"  - Hôtel Pasteur à Rennes in Rennes, France: April  1st, 2017 to April 15th, 2017.
-Contributor: A selection from Behlen's series "The Music Scene" was shown at Pola Pop Rock, an exhibition at Librairie Les Volcans Book Store in  Clermont-Ferrand, France as apart of ExPolaroid 2017 from April 4th to April 18th, 2017. 
-Contributor: Festival della Fotografia Istantanea (Instant Photography Festival) - Circolo Aternino, Piazza Garibaldi, Pescara, Italy: September 30th  to October 2nd, 2016.
-Contributor: The Film Shooter's Collective's group show at Revela-T Photography Festival in Barcelona, Spain between May 20th to June 5th, 2016  in conjunction with the group's new Book NSEW Volume III.
-Contributor: Tête de L'Art Association's Group ExPolaroid Exhibition, "Polaroid Is Not Dead" - Hôtel Pasteur à Rennes – France: April 9th, 2016 to  May 1st, 2016. 
-Solo Show: "Polaroid Prints of Landscapes and Strangers" at Raizana Teas: Fresno, Ca June 5th to July 30th 2014
-Solo Show: "I Was A Pioneer" project release and exhibition at Love, The Captive: Fresno, Ca May 1st, 2014

Interviews
-Interview: PRYME Editions with founder Michael Behlen on the Lomography France - July 14th, 2017.
-Interview: Artist Spotlight of Michael Behlen with SnapitSeeit.com - April 25th, 2016. 
-Interview: 5 Images + 5 Questions with Le Soleil Dans la Tête - September 15th, 2016.
-Interview: Episode 10 of The Instant Film Show, "PRYME TIME". - December 21st, 2015.
-Interview: PRYME Magazine and Instant Film with the Film Shooter's Collective - Sept 14th, 2014.

Recognition - Print
-Contributor: A selection from Behlen's upcoming series "Searching for Stillness Vol. 2" was published in the Optiko Analog Photography Annual Journal -  September, 2017.
-Contributor: An image Behlen's work was published in NSEW Volume III by the Film Shooter's Collective - December 1st, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from, "The Music Scene" was published in Issue 7 of Seities Magazine: "Music" - September 15th, 2016.
-Contributor: The Film Shooter's Collective's group NSEW exhibition at Kranzberg Arts Center Incubator in St. Louis, MO August 5th to 27th, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection of Behlen's work was published in Issue 4 "Instant" of Monochrome Magazine - November, 10th 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from "Drought City" was published in Issue 7 "Decay" of Optiko Zine - October, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from "The Music Scene" was published in Issue 7 of Seities Photography Magazine - September, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from, "The Music Scene" was published in Issue 4 of Anon Magazine - August 19th, 2015.

Recognition - Web
-Contributor: A selection from Behlen's upcoming series "Searching for Stillness Vol. 2" was published on the Shoot Film UK's First Digital Publication - July 12th, 2017
-Featured Artist: A selection from Behlen's upcoming series "Searching for Stillness Vol. 2" was published on the Shoot Film UK - July 5th, 2017
-Blog Feature: Featured Artist on Stolen Ground - May 8th, 2017.
-Contributor: 2017 Spring Polaroid Week Round Up on the Impossible Project's Magazine Blog - April 21st, 2017.
-Website Feature: A selection of Behlen's recent Polaroid work was featured on Float Photo Magazine - April 22nd, 2017.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - October 14th, 2016. 
-Contributor: Online group show at Don't Take Pictures - August 26th to November 22nd, 2016.
-Contributor: "The Seven Seas" online group show at Don't Take Pictures - August 26th to November 22nd, 2016.
-Contributor: My series "Drought City" was published on HYLAS Magazine as a featured artist - August 25th, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from "Drought City" was published in Issue 17 of Hashtag Photography Magazine on Issuu - August 8th, 2016
-Blog Feature: Guest Photographer on Polaroid of the Day - June 20th, 2016.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - June 17th, 2016.
-Blog Feature: My series "Lost at the Lake" was featured on the Impossible Project's Magazine - April 8th, 2016. 
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - Aug 22nd, 2014.
-Blog Feature: My series "Drought City" was featured on Tamgu Magazine's Blog - February 26th, 2016
-Blog Feature: "5 things I love about Film" was featured on the ShootingFilm.Net Blog - July 5th , 2015.
-Blog Feature: Assorted Polaroids featured on Analog Magazine - July 13th, 2015.
-Blog Feature: My series "Drought City" was featured on the ShootingFilm.Net Blog - July 5th , 2015.
-Blog Feature: My series "Drought City" was featured on the Anon Magazine Blog - June 24th , 2015.
-Contributor: Feature Friday Selection at Snap It See It - March 20th, 2015.
-Contributor: "Intriguing Polaroid Images" online group show at Feature Shoot - July 30th, 2014.
-Contributor: F-Stop Magazine's October Issue's Group Exhibition, "Happy Accidents" - October 2014.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - Aug 22nd, 2014.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - July 31st, 2014.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - July 25th, 2014.
-Contributor: Feature Shoot's group Polaroid Show -July 30th, 2014.
-Photobook review of Searching for Stillness by WeAreDrifters.com -February 2014
-Photobook review of Searching for Stillness by JapanCameraHunter.com -January 2014
-Photobook review of Searching for Stillness by ToneLit Magazine -November 2013
-Artist Profile: For-Example's Online Art Magazine - November 2013.
-Contributor: F-Stop Magazine's October Issue's Group Exhibition, "Cities". -October 2013

Curatorial
-Curator: PRYME Editions 2017 Annual Journal - Published December 2017
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Monthly Polaroid Round Up: "Landscapes" - August 10th, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Spring Polaroid Week Round Up: "Our Top 20 Favorites" - April 22nd, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "Blur" - April 18th, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "Symmetry" - March 21st, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "After Dark" - February 22nd, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "Music" - January 25th, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "My Favorite Day" - December 28th, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "Expired Film" - November 30th, 2016


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