Michael Ernest Sweet

Photographer and Writer in New York, NY

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. Additionally, Michael has authored or edited more than a dozen other books spanning the genres of academia, fiction, poetry, and photography.

Michael holds both a National-Level Canadian Prime Minister's Award as well as a Queen's Medal for exceptional contributions to Canada. Additionally, he has been admitted to four university degrees including a graduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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. Will Cordeiro has written comprehensively about Michael's photography in DIAGRAM Magazine.

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. He is also on the faculty at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in New York City.

Michael Ernest Sweet's images transform ordinary reality into the unforgettable."
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