China Life 2008 is a social documentary photography project depicting life in older neighborhoods of China's cities.
Work included in this project has received recognition from a broad photographic community. Ten images and an artist statement from the China Life 2008 project have been selected for a 2009 exhibition on the Silver Eye New Works Gallery Online. One image was selected for inclusion in the ONWARD '09 Exhibition at the Project Basho Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Peter Barberie, Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Center. Twenty-four images and an artist statement from the China Life 2008 project were selected for exhibition on the Fotomission.org website. The back cover image received an Honorable Mention Award in the 2008 International Photography Awards Competition. Finally, a 2006 image included in the book was selected for inclusion in the 2007 Member's Exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado by Steve Simmons, Publisher and Editor of View Camera magazine.
Michael Flicek began a serious pursuit of fine art photography in 2005. This gave a much needed sense of purpose to his pursuit of photography. Photography, in turn, gave a sense of purpose to his travels. The exploration of beauty and emotion in nature, people, and human design is his quest. His work has won awards in national and international competitions, been selected for juried exhibitions from the west coast to the east coast, and been selected for publication in COLOR Magazine. He has degrees in philosophy and psychology with a doctoral degree in school psychology. He worked as a psychologist in a clinic and schools for many years and in recent years he has worked as an educational researcher in a public school system.