Exhibits, Awards, collections, press




Solo exhibits



2019: Yorotto Rossa, Niigata, Japan. 'Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan' Dec 30 2018 ~ Jan. 31 2019.

2017: Kinokuniya in New York, 'Edges of the Rainbow' presentation and signing, NYC November 10 

2017: Aperture gallery, NYC 'Edges of the Rainbow', Book presentation and signing, June 14

2013: Chashama New York: The Life and Times of Richard Musto , photo exhibit and book launch, June 

2008: Kinokuniya in New York: 'Kanzaburo: 'Masked/Unmasked' Dec. 20 - Feb. 21  

2007: Kinokuniya in New York: 'Kanzaburo: 'Behind the Scenes' Nov.18 - Dec.15

2007: Japanese Embassy, Japan Information and Culture Center, Washington, D.C.

'Kanzaburo: Photography by Michel Delsol', Aug 2 - Sept. 28  

2006: La Gaia Scienza Gallery, Marghera, Venice, Italy 'Landscapes with Black/White Polaroid' May 4 - June 3



Group exhibits

2022: Sheltered Gardens, Diomedes Botanical Garden, Athens, Greece. Curated by Kika Kyriakakou, Organized by PCAI.

2021: Analog Forever Magazine, 25 LGBTQIA+ Film Photographers, Curated by Mark Francis Fenning. 

2020: Picto New York and The Bowery Mission

2020: Getty Images Gallery, New York / 10 Corso Como / Beat Positive exhibit, Curated by Shawn Waldron.

2019: Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany, "Blame the Algorithm", Curated by Broomberg & Chanarin.

2019: A Smith Gallery, 'Portals exhibit', Curated by Ann Jastran. 

2019: I C A London, ' I,I,I,I,I,I,I, Kathy Acker ', Book covers portraits of Kathy Acker.

2019: PhotoPlace Gallery, 'Trees: Life in the Slow Lane', Curated by Kat Kiernan.

2018: A Smith Gallery, Interiors exhibit, Curated by Elizabeth Avedon.

2018: Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. Portraits of Kathy Acker. Curated by Didem Yazici.

2018: Inside/Out: Family, Memory, Loss, Displacement, Catastrophe. Center for Books Arts, NYC. Curated by Carole Naggar.

2018: The McPhoto family: Photography from the Village Voice. Howl Arts, NYC.

2018: Getty Images Gallery, London, Portrait of the Beastie Boys.

2017: Jason Vass Gallery, Los Angeles, 'Every Breath You Take' 

2017: CounterCulture Pop-Up gallery, 2 Rivington st, NYC. Portraits from 'Edges of the Rainbow' and 'Backstage with Kabuki actors'.

2014: Kaunas Photo Festival, Opening night projection, National M.K. Ciurlionis Art Museum, Lithuania.

2013: Rush Arts, Curate NYC 

2011: Art Chicago 2011, April 29- May 2

2009: Walter Randel Gallery, New York: 'Of and About Wood' May 1 - June 15  

2008: Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY. May 15

2008: Walter Randel Gallery New York. 'Woman: Sacred and Profane' March 27 - May 15  

2008: Walter Randel Gallery, NY NY. 'Portraits of Nakamura Kanzaburo and his sons' Jan. 12 

2007: The Pool Art Fair at the Chelsea Hotel, New York Nov.18 - Dec. 1

2007: Sharada Gallery, Hudson, NY. '(or some thankful memories to trees)' July 7 - Sept. 7  

2006: Sharada Gallery, Hudson, NY 'A Fall and Winter Affair' , Sept. 2 - Oct. 28  


Awards and selections


2022: Pan & The Dream magazine, Issue No 6: 'Story of Rose', 22 page portfolio.

2019: Der Greif, Issue 12, (German Contemporary photography magazine), Curated by Bloomberg & Chanarin, selected portrait of Rose Wood ' Reclining Vetruvian (wo)man ' .

2019:'Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan' Selected for 'Best Books We Read in 2018 : Coffee Table' by The Advocate

2018: Shortlisted for 2018 Hariban Award

2018: Tokyo International Foto Awards, 'Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan', Book category

2017: BBC, Newsnight television program, 4 portraits of Kathy Acker

2017: Portraits 2017 | Curated by Elizabeth Avedon, South x Southeast Photogallery online, portrait of Rose Wood.

2017: BookForum Magazine, Cover photo, portrait of author Kathy Acker 

2017: Interview magazine, July Issue, Portraits of author Kathy Acker

2016: Musee Magazine, No 15, Place Issue

2016: Magnum Photography Awards competition gallery

2014: Spike Art magazine, Autumn issue: Portraits of author Kathy Acker

2014: Musee Magazine, No. 8, Vol.2 Fantasy Issue

2014: F-Stop magazine, Issue # 64, Natural World, Group Exhibit

2013: F-Stop magazine, Issue # 62, Black and White , Group exhibit

2013: F-Stop magazine, Issue # 61, Cities, Group exhibit

2012: PX3 Prix de la photographie Paris, Honorable mention Altered Images competition

2012: International B + W Spider awards, Nominee Fine Art category. 

2011: Work selected for the 'One Life' international photography competition book.

2010: Artslant showcase juried winner for the portfolio: 'Nature Series'.

Public Collections and Archives


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum: Kathy Acker book covers 

Brooklyn Museum Library: The Life and Times of Richard Musto

Franklin Furnace Archives, Inc. : portrait of Bob Flanagan and Sheere Rose

Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library: portrait of Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose

Mills College Archives, Beate Gordon collection: portraits of Kabuki actor Nakamura Kanzaburo

One Archives, USC, California: portrait of Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose

Getty Research Institute: Portrait of John Zorn

Academy Museum Foundation: Portraits of Jonas Mekas and Todd Haynes



Permanent Collections of the Libraries of


Georges Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Palm Springs Photo Festival,CA

The Art Institute of Chicago, Il

The Courtaud Institute of Art, London, 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Royal Library, Copenhagen


Selected Press


Reviews about: 'Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan', Michel's portrait book with interviews by Haruku Shinozaki.

"The exquisite humanity in this book transcends all geographical and cultural difference to show us what is universal in ourselves, and germane to place. A triumph of insight and heart."

~~ Hilton Als, , 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism and staff writer for The New Yorker 

" The vibrant individuality, diversity, and universality of the LGBTQ lives we encounter in Edges of the Rainbow shatter all the formulaic canards about conformity and homogeneity that tend to be so fashionable in mainstream Western portraits of Japan."

~~ John Dower, 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner for Nonfiction, author of Embracing Defeat.



Analog Forever Magazine , Analog Forever Magazine 

'Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan' book review , Kitschmix 

Niigata Nippo newspaper, Interview article on 'Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan'

I,I,I,I,I,I,I Kathy Acker,  FAD magazine

Total Control Over Mind and Body, Portraits of Sheree Rose and Bob Flanagan  White Hot Magazine

Love Island ! LGBTQ Japan - in pictures, The Guardian 

LGBT Yomiuri Newspaper, issue date: 2018-12-19 

The Rainbow of Japan's LGBTQ Identity, captured in Photos, HYPERALLERGIC 

The LGBTQ community in Japan, as seen by Michel Delsol, PICTO NY 

Photos of LGBTQ Life in Japan VICE 

Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ communities in modern Japan, L'Oeil de la Photographie 

Edges of the Rainbow, Michel Delsol et Haruku Shinozaki explorent les LGBTQ au Japon, Mowwgli 

The PhotoBook Giving a Voice to Japan's LGBTQ community, AnOther 

Documenting the diversity of LGBT Japan, Huck 

This Intimate PhotoBook Explores Today's LGBTQ Community of Japan, Konbini 

Edges of the Rainbow, LGBTQ in Japan, by Michel Delsol and Haruku Shinozaki, Photocritic etc 

"Edges of the Rainbow": Inside Japan's LGBTQ Community, Lomography

"Edges of the Rainbow", a photographic book about the Japanese queer world, Daily Photo News 

A photographic celebration of the queer community in Japan, Creative Boom 

Michel Delsol, Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan Le Litteraire 

Featured Publication: Edges of the Rainbow:LGBTQ Japan, Social Photography 

Art Out: Michel Delsol and Haruku Shinozaki - Edges of the Rainbow, Musee Magazine 

9 Incredible Photo Stories from Across The Internet, BuzzFeed News 

Edges of the Rainbow: Portraits of Japan's LGBTQ Community, Chopsticks New York 

Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan, Geeks Out

love 1 peace, Michel at work, love 1 peace 

Michel Delsol - Portrait of a Zen Temple, L'Oeil de la Photographie 

Michel Delsol Portfolio des lecteurs - Landscapes in Black and White Polaroids L'Oeil de la Photographie 

Femmes au singulier, French Morning 

Kabuki photographic portraits, Chopsticks New York 

Behind the White Mask, Michel Delsol reveals Kabuki Master Kanzaburo at Work, The Washington Diplomat 

Q & A: Photographer Michel Delsol, The Washington Post 



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