Michael Philip Manheim has been a professional photo-grapher since 1969. A chance encounter with photography, at the age of 13, locked him into that life-long pursuit.
Intrigued with themes
of change and trans- formation, Manheim developed a signature style of layering whole phrases of movement onto a single frame in the camera.
His early work is journalistic in nature. Marked by this reflexively intuitive approach to photography, Manheim's images evolved into the lyrical and evocative fine art photographs of his later work.
Manheim is widely recognized for his experimental and innovative multiple exposure photographs, images that celebrate human emotion as a primal link that unifies all of humankind. To underscore this theme, he finds ways to encourage audience participation in his exhibits, and regularly shows his work domestically and internationally.
Michael Philip Manheim's photography has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Germany, Greece and Italy, in over 20 solo exhibitions and over 30 group shows. His work has been featured in magazines such as Zoom (U.S. and Italy), Photographers International (Taiwan), La Fotografia (Spain), Black and White Magazine (U.S.), and published in hundreds of other books and magazines as well as in blogs online.
Manheim's photographs are held in private and public collections including the Library of Congress, the International Photography Hall of Fame, the National Archives, the Danforth Museum of Art, and the Bates College Museum of Art.
Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography and Chief Administrative Curator of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, noted that Manheim's photographs "have passion and beauty, and clearly considerable skill has gone into their execution."