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Michael Cook

Michael Cook

b. 1982, Canada

Short Bio

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 landscape architecture.

Cook’s series Water Underground is exhibited in public installation for the 2013 CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto; his work has been previously 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 Lost Rivers (Catbird Productions, 2012).




  • Began Masters of Landscape Architecture, University of Toronto, 2011
  • Masters studies, Geography, York University, 2010

Solo Publications

  • Elevator Alley, Furnace Press, 2010

Exhibitions and Commisioned Work

  • Contacting Toronto: Under this Ground, Public Installation, CONTACT Photography Festival. Presented by Art for Commuters. St. Patrick Subway Station, Toronto May 2013.
  • The Fuel fo Life: Energy in the 21st Century, Touring Exhibit. Presented by PhotoSensitive and Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. Exhibited at Brookfield Place, Toronto, November-December 2011.
  • TRASHFOODFUELWATERAIR, Toronto Free Gallery. Presented by Alphabet City and Circuit Gallery. December 2010 – February 2011.
  • Water is Life: Keeping Hamilton Alive for 150 Years , Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. Hamilton. October 2009 – September 2010. Re-exhibited in March 2012. Commissioned photography of City of Hamilton Water and Wastewater sites.
  • Water Underground , Blue Barracks, Fort York. Toronto. Presented by Coach House Books and Human River. October-November 2008.

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