Michael Borek, a photographer of Czech origin now based in Bethesda, Maryland, grew up under communism in what he describes as “newly created, cheerless urban landscapes.” He found these constructions depressing, and was instead drawn to older buildings. That these old structures were dilapidated and deteriorating only added to their appeal. Borek continued to be fascinated by the visual archeology of urban decay after he moved to the United States in 1992.
Several years ago, Borek became a member of the Multiple Exposures Gallery and started showing his photographs. Four years ago, he had a solo exhibition at the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC, and two years ago, he was a featured artist in the Rayko Gallery in San Francisco. In 2011, his photographs from the old lace factory in Scranton, Pennsylvania, were selected for juried shows by curators from the Corcoran, Whitney, Hirshhorn, and Getty museums. One of them won second prize in the fine art category of the international competition of FotoWeek DC, and his show at the Torpedo Factory was selected by the Washington City Paper as one of the best 10 photography exhibitions in the Washington, DC, area in 2011.
Most of Borek’s photographs are printed in limited editions and prices range from $300 to $845 depending on the size and number in edition.