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Born in Israel
Lives and works in Haifa, Israel

1997 - 2001 Department of Photography, Honors, Wizo Academy of Education and Design, Haifa, Israel


Raw Iron, Video Installation, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

Sailboats and Swans, International Photo Festival, Israel
Sailboats and Swans, Living Space, Artist House, Tel Aviv, Israel

Sailboats and Swans, Hellenic Center for Photography, Athens, Greece

Sailboats and Swans, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York

Strangely Familiar, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
The Black Eye, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York
The Black Eye, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles
The Black Eye, Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam

Strangely Familiar, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York
Strangely Familiar, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Strangely Familiar, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland

Recent Photographs, Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Vitalina and Friends, Lohamei Haghetaot Gallery, Israel

Lazarova, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA
Lazarova, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv

Vitalina and Friends, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv


The Jewish Museum, from the Collection
A Place for Fashion, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Contemporary Israeli Photography, Ashdod Museum, Ashdod, Israel
Aperture: Photographs, The Devos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Michigan

operart, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
A Private Moment in Public, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

“Utopia/Dystopia”, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

DOK15: National Festival of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism, Norway
Decadal Variations, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY

Voices of Incarceration, Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount Univ., CA

Israel Now – Reinventing The Future, The MACRO Museum, Italy

A Prayer is a Prayer is a Prayer, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY
The Under Toad, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IL

Making Room: Contemporary Israeli Photography, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
Recent Acquisitions, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

The Grip/La Mainmise, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France

Taylor Wessing Portrait Competition, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Nymphoto: Conversations Volume I, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York
Flash Forward, Sponsored by the Magenta Foundation, Toronto, Canada

Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children, DeCordova Museum, MA

The Portrait Competition, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Uniforms & Costumes from the series "Strangely Familiar", Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
The Portrait Competition, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Photo NY, October 2006
Not All Of Man's Best Friends Are Dogs, Fahey/Klein gallery, Los Angeles
Turning Silver, Women in Photography International
Photography Now, 401 Projects, New York
Portraits, The Photographer's Gallery, London, UK
Photo – London, UK
Photography Now, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, USA
FNAC, Barcelona, Spain C Photo magazine touring exhibition
Making a Scene, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel

Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Conflicted, Menier Gallery, London, UK
The Children's Hour, The Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA
Dialogue with the Classics - The Chapels, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
Fotografia, Hendrik Andersen Museum, Rome, Italy
Western Biennale of Art, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
Magic, Vamiali Gallery, Athens, Greece

Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Spread in Prato, Various Venues, Prato, Italy
Gods Becoming Men, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece
Love is in the Air, Time for Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

The Rape of Europe, Luke & A Gallery, London, UK
Young Israeli Art, O'hana Collection, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
The Armory Photography Show, New York, USA
Female Turbulence, Aeroplastics Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Naked before God, Museum of Modern Art, Parnu, Estonia
Artic 5, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Ramat-Gan Museum of Israeli Art
Scenes in Perspective, Art Tower Agora Gallery, Athens, Greece
Artist for Coexistence, Um El Fachem Gallery and Rosenfeld Gallery Tel-Aviv, Israel

New Purchases in Photography, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Artist of the Ideal, Palazo Forti, Verona, Italy

Yeladudes, Holon Art Center, Israel

Human Now, Haifa Cinemateque, Israel

Third Place, Taylor Wessing Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, UK
Best Photography Book, PDN Photo Annual

Constantiner Award for Photography –Tel Aviv

Young Israeli Photographer Prize
Haifa Museum- Raphael Angel Fund
Joshua Rabinowitz Fund for the Arts Grant

Oscar Hendler Prize, Oscar Hendler Fund- Lohamei Haghetaot Gallery
Israel Lottery Grant, Dialogue with Classics, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Joshua Rabinowitz Fund for the Arts Grant
Israel Lottery Grant to Support International Artists
Dudu Dotan Artist Support Fund
Artist in Residence, Hammeau des Artistes, Paris, France

America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship

Nikolai Soudek, “’Sailboats and Swans’ – Inmate Portraits by Michal Chelbin,” Contour: Art, Culture, Interviews, March 3, 2013
Aia Staff, “The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won’t Want to Miss,” Art in America, January 17, 2013

William Meyers, “Premodern Pain, Prison, Modernism,” The Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2012.
Gallery Picks, The New Yorker, December 3, 2012
Sola Agustsson, “A Photographer Goes Inside Russia’s Prisons,” Art Log, December, 2012.
Lauren Hostetter, “Michal Chelbin: Withholding Judgment,” Chaos Magazine, December 6th, 2012.
Design Arts Daily, Gallery listing, November 29, 2012.
Katherine Brooks. “Michal Chelbin’s ‘Sailboats and Swans’ Features Haunting Prisoner Portraits,” Huffpost Arts & Culture, November 26, 2012.
The New Yorker, Goings on About Town: Art, November 2012.
New York Magazine, Gallery listing, November 19, 2012.
Justin O’Neill. “On the Bookshelf: Michal Chelbin’s Sailboats and Swans,” GQ on Culture, November 15, 2012.
Culture Pop Chart. “Prisoner Profiles,” Time Magazine, October 15, 2012
Alissa Ambrose. “Sailboats and Swans: The Prisons of Russia and Ukraine,” TIME Lightbox, October 1, 2012.
The New Yorker, p. 16, September 10, 2012.

Michael Mills, Recent Acquisition Review, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, October 27, 2011
Caroline Hirsch, “The Locked Gaze: Prison Portraits”. The New Yorker, August 16, 2011

George Slade, The Black Eye Review, photo-eye Magazine, December 2, 2010
Sharon Mizota, “Michal Chelbin at M + B,” Los Angeles Times, November 4, 2010
Paul Laster, “Michal Chelbin’s Youthful Wrestlers,” Flavor Wire, October 20, 2010
Gallery Picks, The New Yorker, October 11, 2010
William Meyers, “Capturing Three Worlds Apart,” The Wall Street Journal, October 9, 2010
Biondi, Elisabeth. “The Black Eye,” Photo Booth – The New Yorker Photo Blog, October 8, 2010
Elise Kigner, “World of Contradictions,” The Jewish Advocate, October 1, 2010
Mark Feeney, “Caught Between Two Worlds,” The Boston Globe, September 11, 2010
Ellen Wallenstein, The Black Eye Review, Fraction Magazine, September 2010
Bengston-Lykoudis, Kirsten. “Wrestling Youth,” ARTslant, September 2010
“Lena and Katya,” PDN Photo Annual, January 2010

PICTURE Magazine (Cover), Michal Chelbin: The AIPAD Show, March 2009
“Taylor Wessing Prize at the National Portrait Gallery,” The Guardian, September 15, 2009

“Strangely Familiar,” Vision Magazine, December 2008
Lori Cole, Critic’s Pick, Artforum Online, October 11, 2008
Gallery Picks, The New Yorker, September 29, 2008
William Meyers, “Shades of Red, Strange and Familiar,” New York Sun, September 11, 2008
“Strangely Familiar,” Haaretz Magazine, September 5, 2008
“Gallery-Going,” The New York Sun, September 2, 2008
Therond, Eve. “En Direct De New York,” French Photo, September 2008
Gottlieb, Jane. “Michal Chelbin,” Photo District News, March 2008

“The New Portrait,” American Photo, March 2007

Anthony LaSala, “A Circus of the Strangely Familiar,” Photo District News, October 2006
Eve Wood, “Complex Institutions,” New York Arts Magazine, July 2006
Russell Joslin, Interview with Michal Chelbin, Shots, Spring 2006

Leah Ollman, “Photos Scaled to the Human,” Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2004

Sailboats and Swans, Twin Palms Publishers, Fall 2012
The Black Eye, Twin Palms Publishers, Spring 2010
Strangely Familiar: Acrobats, Athletes and Other Traveling Troupes, Aperture, 2008


The New Yorker, January 2011, "Amos Schoken", Israel
Haaretz, January 2011, "Dan Shechtman", Israel
The Financial Times, March 2011, "Tzipi Livni", Israel
Business Week, July 2011, "Greece", Greece
NY Times Magazine, October 2011, "Gilad Shalit", Israel
Haaretz, January 2010, "Weinstein", Israel
NY Times Magazine, February 2010, "Erel Margalit", Israel
The New Yorker, February 2010, "Mike Huckabee", Israel
NY Times Magazine, March 2010, "Jerusalem Style Map, Israel
TIME, June 2010, "Hanin Zuabi", Israel
The National, June 2010, "Hanin Zuabi", Israel
TIME, June 2010, "NGT", Israel
The New Yorker, July 2010, "David Grossman", Israel
The Guardian, December 2010, "Nicholas Blincoe", Beth Lehem
NY Times Magazine, January 2009, "The Hampton's"
NY Times Magazine, May 2009, "Yoga"
The National, October 2009, " Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families"
Haaretz, December 2009, "Gil Schohat", Israel
The New Yorker, April 2008, "McDermott & Crouch"
New York Magazine, May 2008, "Huntington Disease"
NY Times Magazine, June 2008, "Magnus Carlson" (Assignment in the Ukraine)
10 Men, September 2008, "Lanvin Spring Collection" ((Assignment in London)
NY Times Magazine, October 2008, "Adam Zagajewski"
New York Magazine, November 2008, "Sam Waksal"
GQ, December 2008, "Nebraska"
The New Yorker, March 2007, "Jonathan Lasker", New York
The New Yorker, April 2007, "Crazy Love"
New York Magazine, May 2007, "WestPoint"
ESPN, August 2007, "Texas Football"
The New Yorker, September 2007, "Mike Nelson"

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Collection of Sir Elton John, London
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
The Jewish Museum, New York
The Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
The Portland Museum of Art
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

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