The Male Gaze: Photography by Michael Anthony Downs


The Male Gaze features the work of Photographer/Director Michael Anthony Downs plus exciting live events including a fashion show, artist talk, and a reading of an original choreopoem written by Bob Devin Jones. Downs is known for his work as a male fashion and athletic photographer.

An opening reception will be held on Friday March 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM with a fashion show beginning at 8:00 PM.  The gallery will be open during Second Saturday Art Walk on March 12, 2022 from 5:00-9:00 PM. Photographs will be on display through March 31, 2022.

An artist talk with the photographer will take place directly following the staged reading of Adverts: How I Learned to Navigate Pretty Boy Privedge on Wednesday March 16, 2022. The staged reading begins at 7:00 PM and will last approximately 1 hour. The artist talk will take place directly following, at roughly 8:00 PM. Suggested donation for this event is $5, advanced reservations requested. Visit the ADVERTS event page to RSVP.

About Michael A. Downs

Michael A. Downs is a Photographer/Director residing in Tampa Bay, FL. He and his work have been featured prominently in national newspapers, magazines such as Glamour, US Weekly and on national television including E! Entertainment, Inside Edition, FOX News and numerous other TV shows. Top agencies have also sought him out for his work and his keen eye for scouting models. Not only have the masses enjoyed his work but popular culture and the media have also taken notice. Tyra Banks and NBC-TV (to name a few) have booked his model discoveries for their shows. Various fashion, lifestyle and fitness magazines seek him out for layouts and photo shoots.

Michael is the creator of the pioneering and popular online magazine All American Guys. He has also discovered, photographed and placed some of the top male models in the business (Wilhelmina, Ford, Elite, Next, etc). His discoveries have landed major campaigns with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, JC Penney, 2xist, and Macy’s to name a few. They’ve also graced the pages of GQ, Cosmopolitan, Details, Men’s Fitness, and other top world publications. Michael has photographed international celebrities including Mario Lopez, Amy Pattrath and Rupaul. He has also photographed a number of top fitness athletes including Jeff Seid, Zac Aynsley and Greg Plitt.

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