About

Michael Behlen is a photography enthusiast from Fresno, CA. He works in finance and spends his free time shooting instant film and seeing live music, usually a combination of the two. He has self- published two Polaroid photobooks--“Searching for Stillness, Vol. 1” and “I Was a Pioneer,” literally a boxed set of his instant film work. He recently had work published in Blur  Magazine Issue 60 in April 2018 and his latest exhibition was at Tête de L'Art Association's Group ExPolaroid Exhibition, "Polaroid Is Not Dead" at Hôtel Pasteur à Rennes in France during the month of May 2017. He has been published, been interviewed, and been reviewed in a quantity of magazines and online publications, from "F-Stop” and “The Impossible Project Magazine” to The Film Shooters Collective” He loves the magic sensuality of instant film: its saturated, surreal colors; the unpredictability of the medium; it’s addictive qualities as you watch it develop.

Recent Exhibitions and Press


Exhibitions and Press

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions
-Contributor: Polaroid Of The Day's Group Exhibition "The Decisive Light" - Projekteria Art Gallery in Barcelona, Spain: September 1st, 2017 to October 8th, 2017.
-Contributor: Tête de L'Art Association's Group ExPolaroid Exhibition, "Polaroid Is Not Dead #2"  - Hôtel Pasteur à Rennes in Rennes, France: April  1st, 2017 to April 15th, 2017.
-Contributor: A selection from Behlen's series "The Music Scene" was shown at Pola Pop Rock, an exhibition at Librairie Les Volcans Book Store in  Clermont-Ferrand, France as apart of ExPolaroid 2017 from April 4th to April 18th, 2017. 
-Contributor: Festival della Fotografia Istantanea (Instant Photography Festival) - Circolo Aternino, Piazza Garibaldi, Pescara, Italy: September 30th  to October 2nd, 2016.
-Contributor: The Film Shooter's Collective's group NSEW exhibition at Kranzberg Arts Center Incubator in St. Louis, MO August 5th to 27th, 2016.
-Contributor: The Film Shooter's Collective's group show at Revela-T Photography Festival in Barcelona, Spain between May 20th to June 5th, 2016  in conjunction with the group's new Book NSEW Volume III.
-Contributor: Tête de L'Art Association's Group ExPolaroid Exhibition, "Polaroid Is Not Dead" - Hôtel Pasteur à Rennes – France: April 9th, 2016 to  May 1st, 2016. 
-Solo Show: "Polaroid Prints of Landscapes and Strangers" at Raizana Teas: Fresno, Ca June 5th to July 30th 2014
-Solo Show: "I Was A Pioneer" project release and exhibition at Love, The Captive: Fresno, Ca May 1st, 2014

Interviews
-Interview: The Bueno Power Hour Podcast - Episode 4 - May 25th, 2018.
-Interview: "Instant Gratification with Michael Behlen" - The Analog Talk Podcast - May 11th, 2018.
-Interview: PRYME Editions with founder Michael Behlen on the Lomography France - July 14th, 2017.
-Interview: Artist Spotlight of Michael Behlen with SnapitSeeit.com - April 25th, 2016. 
-Interview: 5 Images + 5 Questions with Le Soleil Dans la Tête - September 15th, 2016.
-Interview: Episode 10 of The Instant Film Show, "PRYME TIME". - December 21st, 2015.
-Interview: PRYME Magazine and Instant Film with the Film Shooter's Collective - Sept 14th, 2014.

Recognition - Print
-Contributor: A selection from Behlen's upcoming series "Searching for Stillness Vol. 2" was published Blur Magazine Issue 60 - April 10th, 2018.
-Contributor: A selection from Behlen's upcoming series "Searching for Stillness Vol. 2" was published in The Fix Analogue Photography Magazine Issue 12-  August 28th, 2017.
-Contributor: A selection from Behlen's upcoming series "Searching for Stillness Vol. 2" was published in the Optiko Analog Photography Annual Journal -  September, 2017.
-Contributor: An image Behlen's work was published in NSEW Volume III by the Film Shooter's Collective - December 1st, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from, "The Music Scene" was published in Issue 7 of Seities Magazine: "Music" - September 15th, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection of Behlen's work was published in Issue 4 "Instant" of Monochrome Magazine - November, 10th 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from "Drought City" was published in Issue 7 "Decay" of Optiko Zine - October, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from "The Music Scene" was published in Issue 7 of Seities Photography Magazine - September, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from, "The Music Scene" was published in Issue 4 of Anon Magazine - August 19th, 2015.

Recognition - Web
-Contributor: Light Leaked Online Group Exhibition, "Travel & Discovery" - August 26th, 2017
-Contributor: A selection from Behlen's upcoming series "Searching for Stillness Vol. 2" was published on the Shoot Film UK's First Digital Publication - July 12th, 2017
-Featured Artist: A selection from Behlen's upcoming series "Searching for Stillness Vol. 2" was published on the Shoot Film UK - July 5th, 2017
-Blog Feature: Featured Artist on Stolen Ground - May 8th, 2017.
-Contributor: 2017 Spring Polaroid Week Round Up on the Impossible Project's Magazine Blog - April 21st, 2017.
-Website Feature: A selection of Behlen's recent Polaroid work was featured on Float Photo Magazine - April 22nd, 2017.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - October 14th, 2016. 
-Contributor: Online group show at Don't Take Pictures - August 26th to November 22nd, 2016.
-Contributor: "The Seven Seas" online group show at Don't Take Pictures - August 26th to November 22nd, 2016.
-Contributor: My series "Drought City" was published on HYLAS Magazine as a featured artist - August 25th, 2016.
-Contributor: A selection from "Drought City" was published in Issue 17 of Hashtag Photography Magazine on Issuu - August 8th, 2016
-Blog Feature: Guest Photographer on Polaroid of the Day - June 20th, 2016.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - June 17th, 2016.
-Blog Feature: My series "Lost at the Lake" was featured on the Impossible Project's Magazine - April 8th, 2016. 
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - Aug 22nd, 2014.
-Blog Feature: My series "Drought City" was featured on Tamgu Magazine's Blog - February 26th, 2016
-Blog Feature: "5 things I love about Film" was featured on the ShootingFilm.Net Blog - July 5th , 2015.
-Blog Feature: Assorted Polaroids featured on Analog Magazine - July 13th, 2015.
-Blog Feature: My series "Drought City" was featured on the ShootingFilm.Net Blog - July 5th , 2015.
-Blog Feature: My series "Drought City" was featured on the Anon Magazine Blog - June 24th , 2015.
-Contributor: Feature Friday Selection at Snap It See It - March 20th, 2015.
-Contributor: "Intriguing Polaroid Images" online group show at Feature Shoot - July 30th, 2014.
-Contributor: F-Stop Magazine's October Issue's Group Exhibition, "Happy Accidents" - October 2014.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - Aug 22nd, 2014.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - July 31st, 2014.
-Contributor: Featured Friday Selection at Snap It See It - July 25th, 2014.
-Contributor: Feature Shoot's group Polaroid Show -July 30th, 2014.
-Photobook review of Searching for Stillness by WeAreDrifters.com -February 2014
-Photobook review of Searching for Stillness by JapanCameraHunter.com -January 2014
-Photobook review of Searching for Stillness by ToneLit Magazine -November 2013
-Artist Profile: For-Example's Online Art Magazine - November 2013.
-Contributor: F-Stop Magazine's October Issue's Group Exhibition, "Cities". -October 2013

Curatorial
-Curator: PRYME Editions 2017 Annual Journal - Published December 2017
-Juror: Third Annual Sophort Instant Film Safari in Vienna, Austria - May 2017
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Monthly Polaroid Round Up: "Landscapes" - August 10th, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Spring Polaroid Week Round Up: "Our Top 20 Favorites" - April 22nd, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "Blur" - April 18th, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "Symmetry" - March 21st, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "After Dark" - February 22nd, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "Music" - January 25th, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "My Favorite Day" - December 28th, 2016
-Curator: The Film Shooter's Collective Weekly Photostream: "Expired Film" - November 30th, 2016


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