Soutpiel, 2016

Michael Adno

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

In the shadow of WWII, my grandfather, a Jewish refugee, returned to Vienna, Austria and 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 his 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, they made their way south to Florida where I was born with little tether to the place. It's part of why I've spent so much time making work about the American South.

A few 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 after a car accident in Mexico, the history of the injury in America stretching back to before the Civil War, and what a meaningful life looks like now.


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Select Clients

The New York Times

The Bitter Southerner

The New Yorker

Scientific American

The Guardian

The Surfer's Journal

Bloomberg Businessweek

Emocean Magazine

Aperture Magazine

Rolling Stone Magazine

The Washington Post

Bonefish & Tarpon Journal

The Oxford American

The Boston Globe

Garden & Gun

Men's Journal

Southern Living

The Miami Herald

National Geographic Magazine

Outside Magazine

Monster Children

Camera Austria

Void Magazine

Wax Magazine



Wildsam Field Guides


Christie's Auction House

Artsy Magazine



Art Basel Magazine

Guernica Magazine

At Large Magazine

Awards & Fellowships

Environmental Writer's Fellowship, National Tropical Botanical Garden, 2024

Economic Hardship Reporting Project Grant, 2024

Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts Grant, 2024

Finalist, Art Writers Grant, The Andy Warhol Foundation, 2023

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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