Michael Ernest Sweet

educator, Writer, and Photographer in New York

Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian educator, writer, photographer, and avid collector of outsider art.

Michael taught in Montreal public schools between 2003 and 2015. During this time he founded Learning for a Cause, a nonprofit student press. Michael received two of Canada's highest awards for his exceptional service to education, a Prime Minister's Award in 2009 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Michael is the author of two full-length street photography monographs: The Human Fragment and Michael Sweet’s Coney Island, both from Brooklyn Arts Press. Michael is known for using cheap cameras like disposables and the Harinezumi, as well as for alternative processes like instant photography. A recent critical essay on his photography, written by Will Cordeiro, can be read in The Diagram. A video review is also available here.

As a writer, Michael’s essays, poems, short stories, and interviews have appeared widely including in the legendary Evergreen Review, English Journal, Reed Magazine, and in the Village Voice. Michael is a regular contributor to Photo Life Magazine, as well as online at the Huffington Post.

Michael lives in New York City.

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