Born in Israel, 1974

Lives and works in Israel



Wizo Academy of Education and Design, Haifa, Israel

Department of Photography- Graduation with Honors



Sailboats and Swans, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York


Strangely Familiar, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University

The Black Eye, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York

The Black Eye, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles

The Black Eye, Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam


Strangely Familiar, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York

Strangely Familiar, Tel Aviv Museum of Art


Strangely Familiar, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland


Recent Photographs, Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Vitalina and Friends, Lohamei Haghetaot Gallery, Israel


Lazarova, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA

Lazarova, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv


Vitalina and Friends, Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv



The Under Toad, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IL


Making Room: Contemporary Israeli Photography, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

Recent Acquisitions, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL


The Grip/La Mainmise, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France


Taylor Wessing Portrait Competition, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Nymphoto: Conversations Volume I, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York

Flash Forward, Sponsored by the Magenta Foundation, Toronto, Canada

Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children, DeCordova Museum, MA


The Portrait Competition, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK


Uniforms & Costumes from the series Strangely Familiar, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel

The Portrait Competition, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Photo NY, October 2006

Not All Of Man's Best Friends Are Dogs, Fahey/Klein gallery, Los Angeles

Turning Silver, Women in Photography International

Photography Now, 401 Projects, New York

Portraits, The Photographer's Gallery, London, UK

Photo – London, UK

Photography Now, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, USA

FNAC, Barcelona, Spain C Photo magazine touring exhibition

Making a Scene, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel


Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Conflicted, Menier Gallery, London, UK

The Children's Hour, The Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA

Dialogue with the Classics- The Chapels, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel

Fotografia, Hendrik Andersen Museum, Rome, Italy

Western Biennale of Art, John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA

Magic, Vamiali Gallery, Athens, Greece


Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Spread in Prato, Various Venues, Prato, Italy

Gods Becoming Men, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece

Love is in the Air, Time for Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel


The Rape of Europe, Luke & A Gallery, London, UK

Young Israeli Art, O'hana Collection, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

The Armory Photography Show, New York, USA

Female Turbulence, Aeroplastics Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Naked before God, Museum of Modern Art, Parnu, Estonia

Artic 5, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Ramat-Gan Museum of Israeli Art

Scenes in Perspective, Art Tower Agora Gallery, Athens, Greece

Artist for Coexistence, Um El Fachem Gallery and Rosenfeld Gallery Tel-Aviv, Israel


New Purchases in Photography, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel

Artist of the Ideal, Palazo Forti, Verona, Italy


Yeladudes, Holon Art Center, Israel


Human Now, Haifa Cinemateque, Israel



Third Place, Taylor Wessing Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, UK

Best Photography Book, PDN Photo Annual


Constantiner Award for Photography –Tel Aviv


Young Israeli Photographer Prize

Haifa Museum- Raphael Angel Fund

Joshua Rabinowitz Fund for the Arts Grant


Oscar Hendler Prize, Oscar Hendler Fund- Lohamei Haghetaot Gallery

Israel Lottery Grant, Dialogue with Classics, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art


Joshua Rabinowitz Fund for the Arts Grant

Israel Lottery Grant to Support International Artists

Dudu Dotan Artist Support Fund

Artist in Residence, Hammeau des Artistes, Paris, France


America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship


Michael Mills. Recent Acquisition Review, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, October 27, 2011

Hirsch, Caroline. “The Locked Gaze: Prison Portraits”. The New Yorker, August 16, 2011

Slade, George. The Black Eye Review, photo-eye Magazine, December 2, 2010

Mizota, Sharon. “Michal Chelbin at M + B,” Los Angeles Times, November 4, 2010

Laster, Paul. “Michal Chelbin’s Youthful Wrestlers,” Flavor Wire, October 20, 2010

Gallery Picks, The New Yorker, October 11, 2010

Meyers, William. “Capturing Three Worlds Apart,” The Wall Street Journal, October 9, 2010

Biondi, Elisabeth. “The Black Eye,” Photo Booth – The New Yorker Photo Blog, October 8, 2010

Kigner, Elise. “World of Contradictions,” The Jewish Advocate, October 1, 2010

Feeney, Mark. “Caught Between Two Worlds,” The Boston Globe, September 11, 2010

Wallenstein, Ellen. The Black Eye Review, Fraction Magazine, September 2010

Bengston-Lykoudis, Kirsten. “Wrestling Youth,” ARTslant, September 2010

“Lena and Katya,” PDN Photo Annual, January 2010

PICTURE Magazine (Cover), Michal Chelbin: The AIPAD Show, March 2009

“Taylor Wessing Prize at the National Portrait Gallery,” The Guardian, September 15, 2009

“Strangely Familiar,” Vision Magazine, December 2008

Cole, Lori. Critic’s Pick, Artforum Online, October 11, 2008

Gallery Picks, The New Yorker, September 29, 2008

Meyers, William. “Shades of Red, Strange and Familiar,” New York Sun, September 11, 2008

“Strangely Familiar,” Haaretz Magazine, September 5, 2008

“Gallery-Going,” The New York Sun, September 2, 2008

Therond, Eve. “En Direct De New York,” French Photo, September 2008

Gottlieb, Jane. “Michal Chelbin,” Photo District News, March 2008

“The New Portrait,” American Photo, March 2007

LaSala, Anthony. “A Circus of the Strangely Familiar,” Photo District News, October 2006

Wood, Eve. “Complex Institutions,” New York Arts Magazine, July 2006

Joslin, Russell. Interview with Michal Chelbin, Shots, Spring 2006

Ollman, Leah. “Photos Scaled to the Human,” Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2004


Sailboats and Swans, Twin Palms Publishers, Fall 2012

The Black Eye, Twin Palms Publishers, Spring 2010

Strangely Familiar: Acrobats, Athletes and Other Traveling Troupes, Aperture, 2008


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Collection of Sir Elton John, London

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The Jewish Museum, New York

The Kadist Art Foundation, Paris

The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

The Portland Museum of Art

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel