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 relationship with the natural world yields images of quiet 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; Kaiser Permanente; View Camera magazine; Rangefinder magazine; Broughton Quarterly; T-Mobile; the U.S. Embassy; 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 19-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 National Park's leading photo workshop and tour company - and Great Printer Profiles, the leader in custom printer profiles. He leads photo workshops and tours for photographers of all levels, is co-founder of Visionary Photography Workshops, and also teaches for The Julia Dean Photo Workshops. He lives in an historic 101-year-old California bungalow in Long Beach, California, with his wife Shauna, and their menagerie of rescued animals (including Mojave the dog).