This article appeared on page 2 of the Ham & High as part of the publicity of the Hampstead Photographic Society.

This article appeared on page 2 of the Ham & High as part of the publicity of the Hampstead Photographic Society.


My pictures have been featured in several publications:


Cover of Flip Magazine Flip Article 1 Flip Article 2

Today’s Photographer International

TPI Cover TPI Article 1 TPI Article 2 TPI Article 3

The Lahd Blog

This is a blog published on the website of the Lahd Gallery, an excerpt follows:

Isle Of Wight Photographic Society’s ‘Portrait Of The Year’

Posted by admin on June 14, 2013  /   Posted in Blog


3rd April 2013

“There is no real warfare between the artist & the documentary photographer. He has to be both”

With this phrase Dorothea Lange expresses all her fever and dedication to the art of photography. This delightful artwork attached that we are viewing at the moment is made by Michael J Duke, a photographer and enthusiast of Lahd Gallery’s openings. The ability of a photographer is to capture a particular emotion in a brief moment – this image, taken at Lahd Gallery’s vernissage “Suhair Sibai: Sweet Melancholy” on January the 10th, is a demonstration of this unique flair.

The Isle of Wight Photographic Society is an association that encourages members to be more creative. Like all clubs, the WPS has a number of regular season competitions and towards the end of the season have various categories for whichever theme. This year, J Duke decided to enter the image in the Isle Of Wight Photographic Society’s ‘Portrait Of The Year’ Competition. The WPS is a non-profit making organisation whose aim is to help photographers in improving their talents.

Established in 1945, the Society is the oldest photographic club on the Island and is a well respected member of the Southern Region Photographic Federation. Members over the years have won awards in the Southern Region Finals and acceptances in National and International Exhibitions. The majority of images are more classical in their interpretation of portrait, and the quality of the WPS images is exceptional and far from cliché. When the final results came through, this image gained THIRD PRIZE in the category! Well done Michael and Mystery girl with hat!

Friern Barnet library – the Library that Refused to Close – by Keith Martin

This book, due for publication in October 2013, contains some of my photographic images, including the below:

The Library that Refused to Close

Ham & High

Hampstead Photographic Society – History


Intern@ute Article

Isle of Wight Photographic Society Introduction Leaflet for the 2015/16 Season includes my portrait of Bob Geldof


Isle of Wight NHS Trust 2014 report includes my photorgaph of the ambulance dock at St Mary’s Hospital along with images by other Isle of Wight Photographic Society members


For the Hampstead Photographic Society, I wrote a special issue newsletter to accompany the HPS annual exhibition at Burgh House in Hampstead. Download

For the HPS 2015/16 season, I have been invited along with Mike Howell to give a talk ‘How did you do that ?’


London Independent Photographer

In the LIP website, there is a section for member galleries. In August 2015, I had the pleasure of having a gallery of mine included. Download

Spotlight is a magazine published by Circle Foundation for the Arts that gets distributed to galleries and museums. The artists who appear in the magazine are by invitation of the CFA so I counted myself fortunate to have received the invitation for issue #22

Spotlight_22 - ProofMyPresentation_51 Michael J Duke

I am always delighted by local press – especially when it covers an area which has a high level of interest in the arts scene such as East Finchley in London


There is also the pleasure of the catalogues that go with exhibitions such as this one from Canada


1f - Playing as the World Goes By - Accepted into Gallerium on line exhibition

Being a member of the Global Photographic Union has its’ advantages – one being the occasional book showcasing members’ images



One of the benefits that goes with having exhibited twice at the Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art and Design in Italy is the number of invitations I receive via the e-mail. This was one that I was happy to accept




For this, CFA were specific in wishing to feature this particular image.