Michael Ernest Sweet

Photographer and Writer in New York, NY

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Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian photographer, writer, and an award-winning educator. He is the author of two street photography books, The Human Fragment and Michael Sweet's Coney Island, both from Brooklyn Arts Press.

Much of Michael's photography is centered around New York City and the beaches at Coney Island. He is known for photographing "fragments" of people, which are often very close and oddly composed. This signature look, combined with his unique subject matter, has made his photography instantly recognizable as his own. Will Cordeiro writes comprehensively about Michael's photography in DIAGRAM Magazine.

Michael holds both a Canadian Prime Minister's Award and a Queen's Medal for exceptional contributions to Canada.

Michael's photography and writing have appeared widely in such publications as The Village Voice, F-Stop, HuffPost, Black and White, Popular Photography, Fotografia Italia, Vogue, VICE, Digital Camera World, Eyeshot, Leica Camera, British Journal of Photography, and the legendary Evergreen Review, among many others.

In 2018-19, Michael worked on numerous projects including a book publishing project with actor Martin Sheen, as well as appearing in the film, Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable.

Michael currently works as a freelance photo writer for several print-based magazines including Canada's leading national photography magazine, Photo Life. His articles are also routinely translated into French and published in Photo Solutions Magazine.

Michael Sweet has transformed a place of the ordinary to that of the exceptional. His photographs express an inner reality that links one human to the other."
Roger Ballen
Michael, I thought my colours were bright, but now I know I am quite muted!"
Martin Parr
Michael Ernest Sweet's photos are not sweet at all - they are rich and investigative, with a unique voice that speaks of presence, mystery, and selectivity - a highly personal vision."
Jay Maisel