Michael Ernest Sweet

Photographer, Writer, and Teacher in New York

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Michael Ernest Sweet BA, B.Ed., MA, MLA, is a Canadian award-winning educator, writer, and photographer.

Michael taught in Montreal public schools from 2003 to 2015 and founded a nonprofit student press, Learning for a Cause, during that time. Learning for a Cause has published more than 1500 young writers in nearly a dozen full-length publications and has featured, among others, celebrity guest writers such as Canadian Prime Ministers, Justin Trudeau and Paul Martin as well as legendary actor, Martin Sheen.

Michael is the author of three full-length photography monographs - The Human Fragment and Michael Sweet's Coney Island, both from Brooklyn Arts Press, and Disposable Camera, from Purple Poetry Press. Michael's books have received praise from photographers such as Martin Parr, Roger Ballen, and Harold Feinstein. Additionally, Michael's photography has appeared in publications all over the world including Popular Photography, Black and White Magazine, Leica Camera, Fisheye (France), Fotografia Italia (Italy), Digital Camera (UK), le Journal de la Photographie (France), The Village Voice, as well as regularly in The Huffington Post.

Michael is most known for his use of simple, cheap cameras including disposable cameras and instant cameras.

As a writer, Michael's articles, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous publications including the Evergreen Review, English Journal, Adirondack Review, and Reed Magazine. Michael was a writer for Canadian Teacher Magazine for several years and now contributes regularly to Photo Life and The Huffington Post.

Michael Sweet is a national recipient of both a Prime Minister's Award and The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to education and the arts in Canada. Michael lives in New York City.


The Human Fragment
Michael Sweet's Coney Island

  • Education
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • St. Mary's University