Michael Katcher is a photographer. He is also one of the top talent agents in the business. Katcher was born in Brooklyn in a family of artists. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a BFA in Theatre. In 1989 he moved to Los Angles where he first worked as a casting director, casting television shows as The Wonder Years, The Larry Sanders Show, and Third Rock From the Sun. From there he went on to become VP of Casting at CBS where he oversaw the casting of comedies like Everyone Loves Raymond and The King of Queens. He currently runs the TV talent area at Creative Artists Agency.
His passion though has always been camera. In his series Ceci n’est pas une personne/This Is Not A Person he writes with his camera a modern REANIMATOR, imbuing inanimate bodies with life. The subject of his work is not a person, it is a mannequin he finds in a department store window. Katcher has an alchemist’s eye for character. When he shoots he also casts, anticipating the transformation of actors (in this case mannequins) into entirely different people in his mind’s eye. “When I squint my eye ever so lightly the mannequins become characters in my mind. A false indenty becomes a real one. They seem to come to life. Each one has its own story. I have only a few minutes to set the shot up using only natural lighting – the sun is starting to go down, while the store front lights start to illuminate. I crop before I take the picture. Usually one shot and I walk away. In processing there is no manipulation at all. I want colors to bleed into each other. Whether there is a burst of yellow or some shade of gray, the color makes the picture. I want the photograph to feel like an abstract painting. When the lines are blurred things become something else.”
FEBRUARY 12 – MARCH 27, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2012 6-9PM
Frank Pictures is located at 2525 Michigan Ave. A5 Santa Monica, CA 90404
Gallery hours and contact: Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 – 6:30 | 310.828.0211
By Jim McKinniss