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 am a professor of biomedical photographic communications at R•I•T. My work investigates photomicrography, biomedical photography, and laboratory photography used to gather and preserve visual information. I am also 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 have also taught workshops all over the world including a workshop that ran consecutively for 20 years, 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 visual communication problems. I love using the classroom as a learning lab and I subscribe to using "life lessons" or experiential learning as core principles in my teaching. Discovery learning can be a powerful tool. Teaching highly motivated and talented students for more than 3 decades has given me great joy. 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. Some of my articles expolore teaching and learning. In 2007, I served as the editor-in-chief of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography-fourth edition. In December 2016, a new book entitled, Best Laboratory Imaging and Photography. Best Practices for Photomicrography and More was published by Routlege.

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 the photographing barely visible things". You can see some of my photomicrographs featuring tiny things by following this link.
I was a featured speaker at a 2013 TEDx Allendale Columbia School event where I talked about photographing tiny things using a microscope. In 2012, The Forward Thinking Museum produced a video showcasing my career. I have become obsessed in photographing snowflakes during the long, snowy, and cold Rochester winters. July 2016, Patricia Cost and I published Michael Photographs a Snowflake. February 2015 I was featured by CNN and in March 2015 by Time for my photography featuring #tinythings. In the summer of 2015, Popular Photography featured my work.
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 that i am very proud of 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.