Professor Michael R Peres
Photographic Sciences
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York 14623 USA

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Welcome to my website. I published my first web page in 1996 as a way to explore using new technology and to give my work a presence on the Internet. What a transformation digital technology has created in imaging and communications.

I am a professor of biomedical photographic communications at R•I•T. My work explores photomicrography, biomedical photography, and laboratory photography used to gather and preserve visual information. I was a featured speaker at a 2013 TEDx Allendale Columbia School event and I have become obsessed in photographing snowflakes during the long, snowy, and cold Rochester winters. February 2015 I was featured by CNN and in March 2015 by Time Magazine for my photography featuring #tinythings. Because of my obsession with snowflake photography, I have been called Professor Snowflake by some students. In the summer of 2015, Popular Photography featured me and in 2012, The Forward Thinking Museum produced this short video. I currently serve as the associate administrative chair of the world renown School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.

September 1986 I was hired as an instructor in the Biomedical Photographic Communications department. I served as the department chair from 1989 until the summer of 2010. While at RIT, I have taught numerous undergraduate courses. I also teach workshops including Digital Imaging using a Light Microscope sponsored by KTH and Karolinska Institutet located in Stockholm Sweden - the home of the Nobel Foundation. You can see photographs from my numerous visits to Sweden by following this link. I served as the chair of the Lennart Nilsson Award nominating committee from 1998 - 2011.

The courses I teach investigate applied scientific photography and communication problems. I love using the classroom as a learning lab and I subscribe to using "life lessons" as a core principle of my teaching. Discovery learning can be a powerful tool for learning. Teaching highly motivated and talented students for nearly 3 decades has given me great pleasure. This cumulative experience has resulted in various presentations and publications that I have created during my 40+ year photography career. A sampling of my publications can be found on this link. In 2007, I served as the editor-in-chief of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography-fourth edition. I am currently writing a new book entitled, Best Laboratory Imaging and Photography. Best Practices for Photomicrography and More. It will be published by Focal Press and released fall of 2016.

In particular, I love microscopy and have a wide range of practical experiences using all sorts of instruments. As such, a reoccuring theme of my work has been that "I photograph very tiny things". You can see some of my photomicrographs featuring some very tiny things by following this link.

My career has provided me with many wonderful and often unexpected opportunities. I have come to appreciate how fortunate I am and believe it's not the destination but rather the journey that is most important. I have met so many generous and inspirational people who opened doors for me along my life's journey. A few of my special projects would be the RIT Big Shot, the Images from Science exhibition, and the Faces of Jewish Rochester project.

I also enjoy sharing science photographs in non-scientific environments. Seeing how my work functions on Instagram continues to amaze me. During my career, I have been recognized for several professional achievements including the RIT Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching; the College of Imaging Arts And Sciences Gitner Prize for outstanding achievement in the graphic arts; the BioCommunications Association Schmidt Award presented for lifetime achievement in the life sciences communications; and the Frank J Romano Innovation in Graphic Publishing prize.

I began taking pictures in 1973 when I bought my first camera with money earned from bagging groceries at a local supermarket. My life changed profoundly after discovering photography. Examples of my earliest work can be found in my Utica, New York - 1973 project. You can see other examples of my photography by following this link: Galleries. In 1983, I married Laurie S. Peres and have 2 wonderful children, Jonathan and Leah. Thank you visiting my page.