born 1982, Canada
Michael Cook has been delving into underground and marginal spaces since 2003. While focused on urban drainage and sewer systems, his inquiries have also included utility networks, abandoned hydroelectric and nuclear infrastructure, and railway landscapes. He has engaged in graduate studies in geography and holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture.
Cook’s series Water Underground was exhibited as a public installation for the 2013 CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto; his work has been also been exhibited at Fort York, the Toronto Free Gallery and the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. Cook has contributed words and photographs to HTO: Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow Toilets (Coach House Books, 2008) and Water (Alphabet City, 2009), and his photographs have also appeared in Domus, The BLDGBLOG Book, Canadian Business, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and the Hamilton Spectator. Cook appeared in the documentary film Lost Rivers (Catbird Productions, 2012).
In 2015, he was named one of Canada’s 100 greatest modern explorers by Canadian Geographic, alongside such luminaries as Ed Burtynsky, Les Stroud and Chris Hatfield.
He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Artist website: www.vanishingpoint.ca