About Michael

Michael E. Gordon

Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning fine art landscape photographer best known for his black and white ‘Desert’ series which, says Broughton Quarterly, portrays “stunning ethereal beauty from terrain where others see only a bleak landscape.” A lifelong student of nature and wilderness, Michael’s intimate understanding of the places and things he photographs yields images of depth and discovery.

Michael’s photographs have been published in and on the covers of magazines, calendars, textbooks and music CD’s. He is represented by art galleries in the U.S. and Europe, and his fine art prints are held internationally in private collections. Publications and clients include Arte Fotográfico, Backpacker magazine; View Camera magazine; Rangefinder magazine; Broughton Quarterly; T-Mobile; The Wilderness Society; Campaign for America’s Wilderness; USDA Forest Service; Brooks/Cole, and more. Awards and recognition include International Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie, Paris, and Black & White Spider Awards.

Michael’s love for and commitment to the preservation of imperiled landscapes in the American West goes beyond his photography. His 18-year service as volunteer ranger in the San Gorgonio Wilderness earned him a President’s Gold Volunteer Service award. He also served on the Board of Directors for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association and Southern California Mountaineers’ Association, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy. His photographs have been instrumental in the campaigns of The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, National Parks Conservation Association, and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and have helped to shape wildfire management and solar energy policies, and to advance federal Wilderness designation and expansion.

Michael owns and operates Death Valley Photo Tours – Death Valley’s leading photo workshop and tour company – and Great Printer Profiles, the leader in custom printer profiles. He photographs with both a 4”x5” view camera and high-resolution digital, and leads photo workshops and tours for photographers of all levels. He lives in an historic 100-year-old California bungalow in Long Beach, California, with his wife Shauna, and their menagerie of rescued animals (including Mojave the dog).

You can also follow Michael on Twitter , Facebook, Google+, and Flickr.

12 thoughts on “About Michael

  1. Michael, great stuff. Saw your work at Hal’s Camera Obscura here in Denver, and liked it so much I bought The American Dream, which I just brought home today. Sounds like 3 others felt the same? At any rate, I need to check out your field seminars, as I’d love to explore the Calif desert on one with you if you’re planning anything.

    Anything you care to share w/ me about creating the Dream photo? Thanks alot- John Sullivan

  2. Michael, great stuff. Saw your work at Hal’s Camera Obscura here in Denver, and liked it so much I bought The American Dream, which I just brought home today. Sounds like 3 others felt the same? At any rate, I need to check out your field seminars, as I’d love to explore the Calif desert on one with you if you’re planning anything.
    +1

    • Hello Aiken: Thanks so much for your comment and your purchase! I hope that The American Dream brings you years of enjoyment.

      I am currently working on a group workshop for Death Valley NP later this year. Please stay tuned to my Workshops page (on my website) or to my blog for updates. Alternatively, if you’re interested in one-on-one exploration/instruction/photographing, please send an email to me at info AT michael-gordon DOT com. THANKS, Aiken!

  3. I was looking up complaints about intuit and your website was the first to pop up. I was pleased to see i was not alone in being screwed by intuit. but after reading your complaint, i had the biggest laugh.

    What do i see underneath your complaint? a intuit ad.

    hahahahahahahahhaha
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO

  4. Michael,

    I just started photography and I have to say that your work is an inspiration. I hope to show the beauty of the swamps and wetlands of the Southeast much in the same way you show the beauty of the west.

  5. Michael, wonderful work… I have a quick question about the Epson V750 scanner and 8×10 negatives. I plan on using the 8×10 film guide that shipped with the scanner and a piece of ANR glass to lay on top. I found the ANR glass (http://fpointinc.com/epson.htm) while searching and then found your betterscanning.com article. I use SIlverfast AI software and in my first scan it appears that I am not getting the full frame of the negative. Do you have any ideas or tips?

    Thanks,

    Tim

    • Hi Tim: Have you tried scanning with Epson Scan to rule out that the problem might be with Silverfast? I don’t use Silverfast, so I cannot help much here. Good luck, Tim.

  6. Michael, long story short I got the issue with the V750 and scanning 8×10 negatives squared away. I learned about you because I am a large format photographer as well. Do you still print in the darkroom or digital prints or both?

    Thanks,

    Tim

  7. I am looking for two pieces of art from the joshua tree area for a waiting room in the hospital. Was wondering if you would be interested in supplying and if you have a website gallery? Let me know 760-366-0809.

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