Michael E. Gordon is an award-winning landscape photographer best known for his images of the California desert which, says Broughton Quarterly, portray “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 and his fine art prints are held internationally in private collections. HIs many publication credits and clients include Arte Fotográfico, Backpacker magazine; View Camera magazine; Rangefinder magazine; Broughton Quarterly; T-Mobile; The Wilderness Society; Campaign for America’s Wilderness; Sierra Club; 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 15-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” large format view camera and high-resolution DSLR and leads photo workshops and tours for photographers of all levels. He and his wife, Shauna, live in Lakewood, California, and are owned by an assortment of rescued felines.