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.

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, Digital Camera, Eyeshot, Leica Camera, and the legendary Evergreen Review, among others.

Michael currently works as a freelance photo writer for several print-based magazines including Canada's national photography magazine, Photo Life.

  • Education
    • The Johns Hopkins University (MLA)
    • Concordia University (Montreal) (MA)
    • Nipissing University (B.Ed.)
    • St. Mary's University (Halifax) (BA)
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, your photographs are such a strong synergy of great street photography work. You have brought together elements of Moriyama, Gilden/Sandler, Arbus, Mark Cohen, maybe a little Roger Ballen, and other greats too, to form this beautiful and distinctly original work."
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
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