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Magers, Michael (1976 - Present)

Horiren the First - Shinto Blessing, 2016

Medium: Photography
Date: 2023
Size (H x W): 17 x 24 (inches)
Edition: 1/5
Signature: M.P. Magers
Condition: Very fine

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“May 2016, Warabi, Saitama Prefecture–Traditional tattoo artist Horiren I receives a Shinto blessing at the Warabi shrine before traveling to a tattoo convention in Canada. Horiren paints the murals for this particular shrine, marking the signs of the zodiac for the New Year and other celebrations.”

- Michael Magers

About the artist

Born in Dallas in 1976, Michael Magers is a documentary photographer and journalist whose work takes him all over the world. From deep dives into international food cultures to intimate views into the ateliers of traditional artisans, Magers imbues each photograph with a story. In 2013, he stepped back from a corporate career to hone a more creative life and pursue his passion for photography. Based between New York City and Austin, Texas, Michael Magers is a frequent collaborator with the highly acclaimed team at Roads & Kingdoms and served as the lead photographer on their award-winning travel books Rice Noodle Fish (2015) and Grape Olive Pig (2016) published by Harper Collins/Anthony Bourdain. His work has been exhibited internationally–from Cuba to Japan, Paris to New York–and appeared in a wide range of digital and print publications including TIME, Smithsonian, CNN, and The Washington Post, to name just a few. In 2019, he released his first monograph, Independent Mysteries, a selection images from his years on the road juxtaposed with original writing from his friends and collaborators.