Days of Punk
| BOOK GALLERY
December 5, 2022
Check Out Michael Grecco’s Story - Voyagela
Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Grecco.
Hi Michael, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Well, I have been a photographer by trade for more than 30 years, and yes, I started very young. LOL, I am at a point in my career where I am looking at who and what I have shot, and building my legacy from there, all the while being open to the changes in the photography industry. I have gone from photojournalist, and celebrity portrait photographer/advertising photographer to a fine artist and entrepreneur over those years. I love where I am now. Photographers need to adapt to an evolving market, and I have embraced that change.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I am a risk taker so that often leads to both big wins and sometimes big losses. The lesson learned from those losses, though, are always worth it. Of course, there are many situations I can look back upon and wish I’d known what the outcome would be or wish I had handled it differently, but there is no going backward. We have to accept the past and live in the present. The best is taking all that experience and knowledge and using it for new ventures, projects, and businesses.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I have been working on editing my historic image archive and creating projects with the images. I recently did this with my unseen Punk, Post Punk, and New Wave images from the ‘70s and ‘80s. This started with a coffee table book but now has grown to a collection of fine art prints, gallery outlets worldwide, and two traveling “Days of Punk” museum exhibitions, one in Europe and one in North America. There is nothing more satisfying as an artist to have your work curated and shown in a museum. The Days of Punk shows are experiential also. I commissioned and collaborated with two of the member of Mission of Burma to create six soundscapes for Days of Punk. I am also working on a video series called “What is Punk,” where new bands in the genre act out what they believe Punk is. These videos are being shown as part of the museum experience.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Family and friends make me the happiest. My wife and I live together, work together, and travel the world together, so there definitely needs to be some balance to our lives. I am also thrilled when I create a great image or solve a problem in business. I feel like it is important to be able to handle both in life. Photography – both commercial photography and fine art photography – is all about problem-solving when you reduce it to its simplest form. I try to take those principles into the business I run, including my photography practice. When I solve a problem and archive something, that is very satisfying.