Michael R. Soluri is a New York City based fine art documentary photographer, speaker and the author of Infinite Worlds: the People and Places of Space Exploration (Simon & Schuster).
Soluri’s work is widely published, exhibited and in permanent collections. He also has made presentations for a number of museums and NASA related venues. Please refer to MEDIA> for more specifics.
Commercially, his photography has appeared in numerous American, European, and Brazilian print and online publications like Time, Discover, Air & Space, NPR, Family Circle, Mother Earth News, Wired UK, Grazia, Amica, Vogue Brasil and Claudia. As a videographer, he has produced and directed business to business communication projects for corporations like Forbes, Merck Pharmaceutical, Merrill lynch, Loral Space & Communications and Paragon Space Development among others.
Based on his participation in the historic STS 125 / Hubble SM4 mission, Michael received a NASA commendation— signed by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden.
And as a result of being a member of the New Horizons Science Team, Soluri is sited among the 70 co-authors of the first scientific paper published on the Pluto system encounter in the Journal Science.
A Simon & Schuster published author, Michael is represented by the Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency.
His corporate sponsors include: Canon USA, Legion/Moab papers, EIZO, Cineo Lighting, Glyph Technologies and LiveBooks.
The evidence of space exploration has never been more visible than in the past several years: the 25th anniversary of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the New Horizons flyby of the Pluto system. Unique to the almost 60 year history of spaceflight, I had unprecedented access to photographically document these two missions. However, what I hadn’t anticipated was discovering, first hand, what human and robotic spaceflight meant to me.
For three years I had access into multiple NASA flight centers where I was able to photograph the people, places and the astronaut crew of STS125 Atlantis, one of the last space shuttle mission that was assigned to save and extend the operating life of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Within the culture of that mission, I also provided the STS125 crew a series of photo seminars on how to take more visually communicative photographs while in space. As a result, those images provided the public a greater understanding of the Hubble and the scientific quest in exploring the mysteries of the universe. However, the scope of their images in context to my behind-the-scenes documentation revealed not only personal meaning, but evidence of human and robotic spaceflight on Earth and in space ...
Since 2005, I have had a similar quality of extraordinary access in documenting the behind-the-scenes narrative of the New Horizons science and engineering teams that lead to the historic flyby of the Pluto system in July 2015 and in 2019, the Kuiper Belt Object 2014MU69.
So when I say people and places, I mean having quality time in visually exploring not only the technology and hardware, but the unscripted in the work cultures of the engineers, technicians, astronauts, flight controllers and scientists in typically restricted, high tension environments.
On these journeys, the meaning of space flight unfolded in many unanticipated ways. Among the most revealing was an insightful conversation with Neal Armstrong on the photography of his shadow while on the surface of the moon; pride from working with and guiding Scott Altman, the Commander of STS125, lead mission specialist John Grunsfeld and crew in documenting their space flight; creative joy at the unexpected as I visually explored astronaut spaceflight tools as pieces of sculpture; discovering the profound in the year to year and eventually the day to day documentation of New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern along with the Science and Engineering teams (among them Hal Weaver, Cathy Olkin, Marc Buie, Jeff Moore, Alice Bowman and Andy Cheng) as the spacecraft approached, entered and flew through the Pluto system. Then there was the philosophical: documenting the flame trench under launch pad 39A where for over 45 years both the Saturn V Apollo and Space Shuttle had been launched off of.
And so my work continues. Looking forward to, among others, the worlds of JWST, the SLS and the Orion Space module.
As a result, I have become a trusted participant humbled in portraying the humanity behind the exploration of space discovering stories and visual moments that reveal not only craft and labor, but the human evidence of spaceflight here on Earth and in space …