John Michael Pelech [RA 2019]


First name: John ;
Middle name:
Michael ;
Last name:
Pelech ;

Member: Resident Artist member ; 
2019 ;
n/a ;



John Michael Pelech was born in New York City, he received a B.S. from N.Y.U. and a B.F.A. from School of Visual Arts in Media Arts where he studied design with Milton Glaser and sculpture with Jonathan Borofsky among others.

In 1973, he was among the first group to anticipate the birth of computer animation for television graphics. At Dolphin Productions, N.Y.C. he executed animations for: Sesame Street, Electric Company and ABC Sports (Super Bowl VII).

Working in commercial television and video as a Director of Photography and MTV cameraman during the start-up years 1981-1984. He worked with avant garde artists: Nam June Paik, Peter Gabriel and Laurie Anderson also Lighting Director on Zbigniew Rybczyński’s magnum opus “Steps”.

Received a Monitor Award for lighting design. He appeared in American Cinematographer Magazine and collaborated on a video which is part of the MoMA Permanent Collection. While at CBS News, he was a member of the Emmy Award winning management team in 2013 for the live coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing; his first of two Emmys.

Michael explores the day-to-day visual cacophony of New York City. He has also been a panelist at The Griffin Museum of Photography 2020. His work is in private collections and has been in group shows: Amanda Smith 2017, Karyn Mannix Contemporary 2021, New York Center for Photographic Art 2021 – 2022, Foley Gallery, Max Planck Institute and the Salmagundi Club, N.Y. exhibitions and auction 2019 – 2023.

He lives in the East Village of New York City and is currently developing his fine art photography practice while trying to expand the visual vocabulary of photography.





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December 23, 2019

Last updated: June 29, 2023 at 15:54 pm

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