Michael Ernest Sweet

Photographer, Writer, and Teacher in New York, NY

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

In 2009, Michael was awarded a Prime Minister's Award in Canada for excellence in teaching. In 2011, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him a Queen's Medal for exceptional contributions to Canada. He is also a two-time nominee for a Governor General's Award for teaching.

Michael's photography and writing have been published widely, including in such publications as Popular Photography, Black and White Magazine, Hyperallergic, The British Journal of Photography, Digital Camera, The Evergreen Review, The Village Voice, and The Huffington Post.

For over a decade Michael has been judging and writing about photography. He was a curator for the World Street Photography organization for five years, as well as the author of the foreword for the collective's annual publication during those years. He is also a past (and current 2020) judge for the Urban Photo Awards in Italy. From 2015 to 2018, he wrote for the HuffPost photography section.

Michael appeared in the film, All Things Are Photographable, a biopic about the legendary Gary Winogrand in 2019. Additionally, he will be featured in the forthcoming street photography documentary, Fill The Frame, by Tim Huynh, due to release in 2021.

Michael is currently a senior contributor to Photo Life Magazine in Canada. He is also on the faculty at the Stevenson School in New York City.

  • Education
    • The Johns Hopkins University
    • The University of Edinburgh
I thought my colours were bright, but now I know I am quite muted.
Martin Parr
Michael Sweet transforms the ordinary to that of the exceptional. His photographs express an inner reality that links one human to the other.
Roger Ballen