Michel Auder (born 1945 in Soissons, France) is a French photographer and filmmaker. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
He began making films at the age of 18. He was influenced of the French New Wave and experimental cinema, most notably Jean-Luc Godard and Andy Warhol. In 1969, Auder met and eventually married Viva, one of Warhol’s principal talents. A year later, they moved to New York City where Auder has since resided. That same year, he purchased a Sony Portapak, one of the first commercially available video cameras.
Video allowed Auder to translate Warhol’s talent for making the banal glamorous and the glamorous banal into a diary practice which Auder himself did not consider fine art. His earliest works are travel logs and endearing portraits of friends including Hannah Wilke, Alice Neel, Annie Sprinkle, Eric Bogosian, Louis Waldon, and Larry Rivers. The label “video artist” was applied retroactively when Auder began exhibiting his work in 1980. At that time, he produced a series of works including scripted biographical material and video collages appropriating material from television. As the quality of video cameras improved and access to editing facilities increased, Auder’s skills as an auteur became more apparent.
Auder married painter/actress Viva in 1969 and together they had one daughter, Alexandria Auder, in February 1971. This event is included in the couple's film diaries.
Auder was married to Cindy Sherman from the early 1980s until the late 1990s.
Auder is currently represented by Office Baroque in Brussels, Belgium, Martos Gallery in New York, Galleria Fonti in Naples, Italy and Aurel Scheibler in Berlin, Germany.Keeping Busy, 1969Cleopatra, 1970The Valerie Solanas Incident, 1971Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol, 1971–1976Chronicles: Family Diaries, 1971-1973 (Excerpts)Made for Denise, 1978Seduction of Patrick, 1979Portrait of Alice Neel, 1976–1982Chasing the Dragon, 1982Flying, 1983The Games: Olympic Variations, 1984My Last Bag of Heroin (For Real), 1986Brooding Angels, Made for R.L., 1988Roman Variations, 1991Voyage to the Center of the Phone Lines, 1993Polariod Cocaine, 1993Louis Waldon, 1994The Vanuatu Chronicles, 1998T.W.U. Richard Serra, An Unsolicited Video by Michel Auder, 1980–82, re-edit 2002Louis Waldon in Chronicles: Los Angeles/Bel-Air (July 1999), 2002Chronicles: Columbian Wedding (April 1999), 2002Morocco 1972: The Real Chronicles with Viva, 2002Chronicles: Van's Last Performance, 1971, edited 2002The World Out of My Hands, 2006New Mexico Chronicles, 2006The Feature (with SeeThink Productions), 2007Endless Column, 2011