As a fine art photographer, Michael Tsegaye’s work has an attentive voice in recording and documenting his surroundings. Regarding his use of photography, the artist has stated, ‘as a photographer I try as much as possible to escape being pigeonholed. I place myself among my peers (photographers and painters) across the world. While the spirit of my culture — its traditions in music, poetry and literature — informs my photography, my goal is that of any artist: to understand my life and standpoint in the 21st century, and express these through art.’ Series such as Future Memories and Chasms of the Soul display his grasp of change and the shifting typography of the city.
Tsegaye received his diploma from Addis Ababa University’s School of Fine Arts and Design (2002). His work has been featured in numerous publications and catalogues such as Snap Judgments: New Directions in African Photography, edited by Okwui Enwezor and published by the International Center for Photography, New York (2007).