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Michael Amato is a fine art photographer, emerging artist, and recent graduate of the University of Connecticut. Much of his work carries a central theme of paranoia; regarding his concern with the advancement of technology and its impact on the human mind and society, issues of privacy loss in an age of virtual transparency, and the impact of fear culture in the western world. Other bodies of work focus on cultures and ways of living that fascinate him. At the University of Connecticut, he was the recipient of several grants and awards; most notably the SURF Award and the Supply Award which funded his creative projects Documenting the Burner Subculture and FLOWHANA: Photographs of the Hawaii Fire Artists. His work as been exhibited at a number of galleries across the United States, and featured in several online magazines and print publications including WIRED Magazine. He currently works and lives in central Connecticut.