Michael Abramson (1948–2011) was a Chicago photographer who produced a large body of artistic and commercial photography.
Born in Jersey City, Abramson graduated from Columbia High School in nearby Maplewood. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Business, but his life took a different turn when he was accepted at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where he earned a Masters degree in 1977. His thesis, “Black Night Clubs of Chicago’s South Side,” was a reflection and analysis of the photographs he took of patrons and performers in multiple nightclubs on Chicago’s south side during the mid-1970s. Abramson’s images of night life have often been compared to the 1920s Paris photographer Brassaï (1899-1984).