The enlightenment community often shows us that rainbows and unicorns may exist. But [Michael Donovan’s] podcast is like finding the “pot of gold” at the end. It’s for the seekers who have the courage to ride their unicorns off into the mysterious world of Truth and higher consciousness.
— Jessica Ann (Humanize Your Brain)
Deliberately operating in the contentious boundary between fashion and art photography, Donovan’s work often challenges the notion of images à la sauvette.
Combining the beautiful with the bizarre, the controlled with the chaotic, Donovan´s photography attempts to destabilize the highly polished images expected of today´s consumer culture through the use of the psychedelic, androgyny, comedy, eroticism, surrealism, fantasy, Pop Art, cinema, fetishism and historical nuance.
— Life is Carbon
Straddling the line between fantasy and reality, between sweet dream and surreal nightmare, he brings out an unharnessed and highly erotic energy in the women he photographs that is thrilling to witness. They exude a much-appreciated confidence and an electric sexuality – raw and uncensored and utterly captivating, whether they are staring down the camera or shrouded in shadows. There is also a winking mischievousness to these shots, a carefree playfulness about sex and nudity that we are all craving a little more of these days.
The images he produces as a photographer are rough around the edges and brazenly bizarre, like a strange and sexy fun house mirror held up to what we’ve come to expect from fashion photography. These dreamlike, colorful photos challenge you to think as much as they turn you on, and nothing is sexier than that.
— Live FAST Magazine

BIO

Michael Donovan is a multifaceted mixed media artist. Donovan uses photography, podcasts, video, digital art, and paint/pen to create a body of work that creates a rolling universe focused on giving people something to feel in either their hearts, minds or bodies. His work is raw, real, and often graphic. MD is based in NYC.

CLIENTS

Bulk Recordings, Bullett, Cosmo, Creem, Deltron, Epic, Falling to Ground, Galore, Givenchy, Got a Girl, Elle, Ginza, Harpers Bazaar, Interscope, Ladygunn, Odda, Marie Claire, MAGIC, Monrowe, Nylon, Pierre Hotel, Project, Skin, Solomon, Self, Skylar Grey, Smug, Sony, Universal Music Group, Vanessa Mooney, Vision, Vogue, Wire Magazine, Women's Health, Wonderland


Michael Donovan’s images navigate an exploration into consumer culture, advertising and the emotions separating art and fashion photography. What do we expect of these mediums and how do we expect them to make us feel? The glossy texture presupposes a level of glamour which is intentionally omitted, replaced with a dreamlike numbness, or vacant sexuality creating a space for us to question what defines art and fashion photography in contemporary culture.
— Hunger Magazine
Michael Donovan is changing the game of fashion photography with his raw images and uncompromising candor.
— Ledger
If humanity exists in shades of gray, then Michael Donovan exists in shades of rainbow. Calling him colorful is an adorable understatement.
— FStoppers
He’s not trying to impress anyone, although what he does is impressive.
— Noah Lampert (Synchronicity)
In a world of mass commercialization people tend to lose sight in what their overall vision is. There’s not a lot of people out there with a very specific vision and I feel Michael is one of those people that trusts his gut, trusts his instincts, and has that vision.
— Yoshino (Artist Decoded)