Michael R. Soluri is a New York City based photographer, speaker and the author of Infinite Worlds: the People and Places of Space Exploration (Simon & Schuster - with a Foreword by John Glenn).
Soluri’s documentary and portrait work is widely published, exhibited and in permanent collections. He also has made presentations for a number of museums and science and technology institutions like the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, National Air & Space Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA. Please refer to MEDIA> for more specifics.
Editorially, his photography has appeared in numerous American, European, and Brazilian print and online publications like WIRED, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, 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: "... for contributions that rival the best that NASA has achieved in innovation and overcoming challenges."
And as a result of photographically documenting the New Horizons mission to the Pluto System since 2005, Soluri received a Group Achievement Award "for exceptional contributions in the successful completion of the initial reconnaissance of the Pluto system ..."
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.
I visually explore and document the less obvious, unscripted behind-the-scenes of the American human and robotic exploration of space.
When I say less obvious , I mean having had 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 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 his photography of his shadow while on the surface of the moon; pride from working with and guiding Scott Altman— the Commander of STS125, John Grunsfeld, lead mission specialist on STS 125 Hubble SM4 and crew in documenting their space flight; creative joy in visually exploring 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 — now on its way to the Kuiper Belt Object MU69.
Then there was the transcendent: documenting on film underneath NASA's most historic launch pad LC 39A. Typically inaccessible, 39A's flame trench consisted of two cave-like walls that revealed a sublime record from the decades of rocket exhaust flames from the Saturn V Apollo Moon and Space Shuttle eras however, like early Paleolithic cave art, there were hand painted lines, squares, circles, crosses and ellipses by technicians monitoring the physical damage after some 40 years of successive launches.