Michael P. Amato is a fine art photographer, emerging artist, and most recently a Hilla Rebay Post Baccalaureate Fellow at Trinity College based in Hartford, Connecticut. Throughout his upbringing, his family owned and operated a small Toy & Hobby Business. His parents greatly valued traditional toys, hobbies, and ‘wholesome’ media, while actively rejecting the influence of MTV and cable TV. He was raised in his family home in New England without access to cable television. This somewhat nontraditional upbringing informs his interest in consumption of media today, and the impact of how we as a society consume. Much of his work is meant to promote conversation in response to related social issues critiqued through both traditional and non-traditional photographic processes.Michael’s recent bodies of work have addressed the omnipresence of the television in public and private environments, a culture of fear in American society, and the normalization of a loss of privacy rights worldwide. Michael’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, published in a number of print magazines and journals, and featured online in photography publications and popular platforms—most notably in WIRED Magazine. Throughout 2020, selections from his photo essay Fear Culture, USA (Narcissus Narcosis) are on exhibit at RPS House, Bristol: February 15 – March 22, Royal Albert Hall, London: April 2 – 27, Beverley Art Gallery, Beverley, East Yorkshire: June 13 – September 12 Oriel Art Gallery, Theatr Clwyd, Flintshire: November 28 – January 16, 2021 in the United Kingdom as part of the Royal Photographic Society’s 162nd International Photography Exhibition. He currently works in and lives in Connecticut, USA.