Michael Ernest Sweet

Photographer and Writer in New York, NY

Michael is a Canadian photographer and writer. 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 has become instantly recognizable as his own.

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

Michael's photography and writing has appeared widely in such publications as The Village Voice, Vice, HuffPost, Black and White Magazine, Popular Photography, Photo Life, Digital Camera, Hyperallergic, Leica Magazine, and The Evergreen Review among others.

Michael currently works as a freelance photo writer. He contributes regularly to Photo Life Magazine and StreetPhotography.com. His past collaborations have included working with actor Martin Sheen, Canadian Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau and Paul Martin, as well as Canada's first astronaut, Marc Garneau.

Limited and numbered prints are available for many of Michael's photographs through Pixopolitan Galleries in Paris, France.

  • Education
    • The Johns Hopkins University
I thought my colors were bright, but now I know I am quite muted."
Martin Parr
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's photographs are rich and investigative, with a unique voice that speaks of presence, mystery, and selectivity - a highly personal vision."
Jay Maisel