Michael Somoroff has been building a celebrated photographic career since his early 20s, taking pictures of people and objects inspired by existential philosophy, religion, and psychology, and, especially, by his passion for life and the people who live it. “To be a photographer is to be a front-and-center, frontline life participant,” he has said. He learned the art of photography from his father, the renowned still life photographer Ben Somoroff, who, in turn, was tutored by Vogue’s revolutionary art director, Alexey Brodovitch. Through portraiture, he established his own voice and developed one of his first and best-known projects, a portfolio of tender, elegant portraits of some of photography’s greatest masters, including Helmut Newton, Brassaï, and Andreas Feininger. Somoroff’s Absence of Subject (2011), a conceptual homage to August Sander, was displayed at the Piazza San Marco during the 2011 Venice Biennale.