Soutpiel, 2016

Michael Adno

I'm Mike, a writer and photographer living in Sarasota, Florida.

In the wake of WWII, a Jewish refugee returned to Vienna, Austria to wed a war bride who waved the Nazis into the 1st District as he fled by foot across the Rhine. Eighteen years later, a letter revealed my grandfather's infidelity, and their marriage dissolved. My grandmother left for South Africa, and soon my mother followed. In Johannesburg, my mother met Barry, the son of dressmakers and diamond miners from the Eastern Rand. After a spell in New York City, they made their way south to Florida where I was born with little if any tether to the place. It's part of why I've spent so much time making work about the State and more broadly about the South.

Two years ago, I moved back to my hometown, Sarasota, where I'm working on a book, "A Stranger in Our House," about how a traumatic brain injury altered the arc of my family's lives, the history of the injury in America stretching back to the Civil War, and just what constitutes a meaningful life.


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(941) 726-4752

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Select Publications

The New York Times

The Bitter Southerner

The Surfer's Journal

The Guardian

National Geographic

Bloomberg Businessweek

Bonefish & Tarpon Journal

Camera Austria

The Oxford American

The Boston Globe

Garden & Gun

Men's Journal

Southern Living

The Miami Herald

Outside Magazine

Void Magazine

Wax Magazine




Awards & Fellowships

Green Eyeshade Award for Business Reporting, 2021

James Beard Award for Profile, 2019

Research Fellowship, University of Florida, 2019

Culture Builds Florida Grant, Division of Cultural Affairs, 2019

Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Finalist, 2017

Puffin Foundation Grant for Photography, 2016

John Ringling Towers Fellowship, 2015

Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Fellowship, 2015 + 2014


Key West Literary Seminar, 2020, 2019, 2018

Hermitage Artist Retreat 2020, 2016

Writer's Room, The Betsy Hotel, 2019

Keyholder Residency, Lower Eastside Printshop, 2015

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2015

Vermont Studio Center, 2014

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