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Michael Furman Works Biography


As a young boy, Michael Furman first picked up a camera to photograph a 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe.  And thus began a life-long love affair with cars and cameras. Throughout his more than thirty five-year professional career, Michael has had the pleasure to work with the great cars of the world.

Michael studied photography at the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a Fine Arts degree in 1974.  Upon graduation, he opened his studio in his native Philadelphia, and built a successful business shooting still life assignments for major advertising and corporate clients.  But it was the challenge of shooting cars in the studio that led him to his current path.

His specialty is in studio lighting of classic cars: from Bugatti and Duesenberg to Packard, Bentley, Alfa Romeo and Voisin. Michael has also worked with race cars, motorcycles and concept cars.

Michael’s first book, Motorcars of the Classic Era, was published by Harry N. Abrams, New York, in the Fall of 2003.  It was received with public and critical acclaim, leading to the immediate work on his second book, Automobiles of the Chrome Age, 1946-1960.  These photographic essays are unique to the publishing world in that they celebrate the beauty and history of the world’s most iconic cars in studio imagery.

Many books have followed with Coachbhilt Press, including Delahaye-Styling and Design by Richard Adatto and Diana Meredith which premiered at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August of 2006, and Curves of Steel, which was released in April, 2007 for the Phoenix Art Museum, and features the dramatic streamlined cars of the 1930s. Michael’s next release, The Art and Colour of General Motors, paid homage to the 100 year design history of GM.

In August 2009, The Spirit of Competition, saw its world release at The Quail: A Motor Sports Gathering. This limited edition presents the legendary collection of Dr. Frederick Simeone whose sports racing cars include milestones in automotive competition history.

The Art of Bugatti: Mullin Automotive Museum, is Michael’s latest title and will see its world release this August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  This authoritative journey through the Bugatti collection of Peter Mullin was co-authored by Richard Adatto, Julius Kruta and Christina Japp.

Major exhibitions have included From Classic to Chrome, 1925-1960 at Philadelphia University, Michael Furman at The Automotive Hall of Fame, and currently, Wood at the Saratoga Automotive Museum.  Michael is a regular guest lecturer at art schools and professional gatherings across the United States.  He has also been honored by Photo District News, American Photographer, Communication Arts, PhotoGraphis, and the Art Director’s Club of Philadelphia.

Michael is a founding board member of the prestigious Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance and has served as its Creative Director for the past 13 years.  He holds the same position at UBS Motor Cars Under the Stars, a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia, which he help found in 2004.  Michael is a long-standing sponsor and supporter of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, The Quail and Carmel-by-the-Sea events..

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