Michael Vahrenwald

Adjunct Professor

Michael Vahrenwald is a photographer who lives in New York City. His work has been shown at a variety of venues including the Whitney Museum, The Walker Art Center, The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Yale School of Architecture. His work has been published in Blind Spot, Camera Austria and is featured in the new Philosophical book by Rei Terada: Looking Away, Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno, Harvard University Press. He is currently an instructor of Photography at The Cooper Union and at Bard College. He is represented by Galerie Alain Le Gaillard, Paris France.

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